Oil Spill in Iowa
An estimated 230,000 gallons (870,619 liters) of crude oil spilled into floodwaters from the Little Rock River south of Doon, Iowa, following a train derailment Sat., June 23. The train was carrying tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to Stroud, Okla. The derailment raises concerns downstream as far south as Omaha, Neb. The spill reached the Rock River, which joins the Big Sioux River before merging into the Missouri River at Sioux City, Iowa.
God, for the earth you love, we lift prayers for healing. And for the people tasked with caring for the earth — including all of us — we pray for courage, for wisdom, and for accountability when we fail. Lord, help those who are in roles to respond to accidents such as this, to know what actions to take. Protect all that will be affected — the people, animals, plants, and other parts of the creation you love.