we want to extend our deepest sympathy to the
families of the 11 men who lost their lives in the explosion in the
thoughts and prayers are
with their families and loved ones.
their honor and memories stay forever bright.
were lost, it is said precautions were not
taken, standards were not followed, and yet getting angry and shouting
does nothing. All
we can do is change what
is. We all as a
nation must pull
together, and help restore what is being and has been destroyed.
really don’t know why they are calling it an oil
sounds like a container
spilled over. This
catastrophe is a
gushing river of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico waters at the
rate of about 5000 barrels of oil a DAY. At
least that is the figure they are saying right now, but experts are
saying it is A LOT higher than that. What does that really mean?
To see how much oil has already poisoned our Gulf, look at the
bottom of the page.
barrel is 42 U.S. gallons. So,
5,000 x 42 is 210,000
gallons of oil per day.
This leak started the 20th of April, it is now
of May. If that
rate has been sustained
since the rig sunk almost a month ago, that means over 5,000,000 that’s
gallons of oil have
already poured into the Gulf.
the gulf is a big body of water, with an
estimated 643 quadrillion gallons of water in it.
So some people are thinking, how bad can it
be with only so far 5 million plus gallons of oil disbursed into 643
quadrillion gallons of water. Well
considering one gallon of motor oil can contaminate ONE MILLION gallons
water, then over 5 million gallons of oil has contaminated over FIVE TRILLION gallons of water. That means almost 1% of the Gulf of Mexico is now
contaminated with oil.
about the oil slick. Just
one gallon of motor oil can create an
oil slick eight acres in size! We
already have over five million gallons of oil in the gulf, so we
an oil slick the size of 40 million acres.
To put perspective on that, it is an area
size of Washington
has estimated that the leaks could be as much as 60,000 barrels a day.
gallons per barrel, that’s 2.52 million gallons of oil per day. Shockingly that would be
60,480,000, sixty million four hundred and
surpassed the 11
million gallons spilled by the Exxon Valdez in 1989 after only 4 days
hours. The effects
of that “spill” which
actually was a spill, and not a gushing river can still be seen today,
claims that 1000 barrels a day are being siphoned out, and that number
could increase in the following days.. Meanwhile, there is
rising concern the oil will catch the Gulf loop current.
current would take the oil to the southern tip of Florida, and up the
high estimate of 70,000 barrels spewing into the gulf, 1000 barrels
just doesn't cut it!!! Friends, you must read the information
in the article "Killing The Gulf".
are things we should be doing, and things we shouldn't, yet nothing
is being done. On top of that BP has restricted access to
much of the information about this spill. Sadly it smells
like a dead fish to me. Why aren't we, AMERICANS in charge of
this clean up, since it is directly affecting our country, and why
didn't we name an environmental specialist to head the task force?
Our country needs to make this happen., stop this insanity,
and save our waters, animals, people and land. This is the largest
travesty to our environment ever, and it is still destroying everything
in its path, every minute of every day.
we pollute our water, what does this mean to our marine and human life.
plants and animals is a direct impact of an oil spill. Marine plants can
be covered in a film of oil
which prevents and water exchange, causing
the plants to die. As with all life, the next level of marine life
which feed on these plants will now struggle to survive. Coatings of oil on the flesh of
birds can suffocate them
and strip the water resistant coating from their feathers.
mussels, and oysters to name a few may accumulate toxins which can kill
or be passed on along the food chain. Human consumers have complained
shellfish harvested from an area impact by an oil spill
taste heavy and oily. Animals that
rely on these for food may die as a result of consuming them. The moral
story is our ecological system is multi leveled, so fixing a problem
essentially affects all levels is a monumental task.
inhaling compounds related to oil
can also harm human and
both in the long and short term. In the
long term, oil
spills affect marine
by interfering with the ability to breed, reproduce, grow, or perform
vital functions. Toxins in oil
cause cancers and other illnesses in the long term. Obviously this
affected by oil “spills” must be restored.
WE have damaged our own environment and WE
return it to its natural
To read more information
abou this oil catastrophe, see the articles HERE.
abhorrent catastrophe will be an ongoing work for our nation for many
and the impact and cost to our children, families and ecological system
is unfathomable. The
force of this has been felt from the very
first moment and has been growing at a break neck pace.
feels a strong empathy for each child, their family, and our ecological
affected by this tragedy. We
are all in
the front of the line with an inherent desire to restore what this
taken away. Our
charity Joyful Hearts is
no exception. In
fact we are on a
mission to raise not only awareness of the real impact this tragedy has
nation, but also monetary gifts from the purely generous people of
gifts will support our
work of helping the children and families affected.
You can volunteer your time with a simple
donation to Joyful Hearts, Inc. Every
gift, no matter what amount will help, and you can even help with the
of a raffle ticket. If
number won, you could do even more if you wished.
always, our mission includes infusing the recipients with the desire
and power to
give back to the community from which they received help. I am certain that
all of us have gotten some
help in some way at some time. If
were to “pay it forward”, the results would be astounding. Please be a volunteer for
our team, and
donate to Joyful Hearts charity for children and families. You can donate by clicking HERE.
Thank you for your kindness to our children