The heartbreaking results of this oil spill are still to be seen, but it is important that concerned citizens band together to save the coastline, wildlife and Gulf coast fishing industry. There are numerous links to organizations that are working hard to offset the damage at the bottom of this page if you would like to help.
On April 20, 2010 an oil well blowout caused a catastrophic explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling platform killing crewmembers and leaving an open underwater oil well spewing tons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Fail safes failed and the oil could not be stopped.
Click here to see pictures of wildlife already impacted by this spill.
As of May 21, 2010 the spill continues. Unlike the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Haiti, there are no ads on TV asking for donations to help the fishermen who have lost jobs in Louisiana, Alabama or Florida or the animals who will lose their habitats along the Gulf Coast. There are no press releases about movie stars packing up and heading down there to clean oil off of damaged birds, turtles, and shoreline. The U.S. government promises to form a committee to cast blame and see what went wrong, while BP fiddles with solutions as our coastline is destroyed.
Finger pointing continues. Those fingers could be used more productively to clean up oil and stop the oil flow.
This oil spill has the potential to outstrip the damage done by the Valdez spill in Alaska. Due to the ocean currents the oil could spread to the Atlantic coastline.
The oil spill is a political topic; the anti –offshore oil drilling faction is facing off against the “drill, baby, drill” factions. When we view the chart of the day of the oil rig explosion transiting Venus opposite the Saturn/Uranus midpoint in the heliocentric chart seems to describe this nicely.
In the geocentric chart, transiting Saturn (mistakes) quincunx both Neptune (remember, Neptune rules oil) and Chiron (the economy) indicates one potential for calamity.
But the Grand Cross in heliocentric is even more compelling as an indicator of turbulent events. Mars, Juno, Ceres, and Jupiter make a Grand Cross along with the midpoints of Saturn/Neptune and Saturn/Chiron.
We hope that people will donate to worthy causes or advocate stronger measures to stop this spill and clean up the mess before more damage is done. Let us rise above what is politically expedient and do the right thing.
How to help with the Oil Spill from The Daily Green
Report Injured Wildlife
If you live along the Gulf Coast and spot oil damage or wildlife in need of help, the government has set up these hotlines (along with a website):
- To report oiled wildlife: 1-866-557-1401 (Leave a message; they will be checked hourly.)
- To report oil spill related damage: 1-800-440-0858
- To report oiled shoreline: call 1-866-448-5816.
Don’t attempt to help oiled wildlife without the help of professionals or trained volunteers.
Tristate Bird Rescue & Research is coordinating on-the-ground volunteer efforts. Several other groups are helping to organize volunteers to help cleanse birds and otherwise protect both wildlife and human populations along the Gulf Coast. Our favorite is The National Audubon Society, which is helping connect volunteers with the best government or non-profit agency doing work related to the oil spill response. (But there are many many many others.) The government also has a volunteer hotline at 1-866-448-5816.
In general, organizations are urging people not to travel to volunteer.
While BP has pledged to pay all legitimate claims made in relation to the oil spill, the groups working in the area need immediate support (and there’s no guarantee BP will pay every claim victims feel is worthy, especially since U.S. law caps some expenses at $75 million). Here’s a list of some of the groups working on the oil spill that get three- and four-star ratings from charitynavigator.com.
May the stars be with you,