The state of Oklahoma would rather pray for oilfields than regulate them

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin

Sometimes items show up in my mailbox that I have a hard time believing. But the oil and gas industry often defies belief, and today’s item gave me pause.

Seems Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has issued an executive proclamation designating October 13 as Oilfield Prayer Day. The proclamation goes like this:

Whereas, Oklahoma is blessed with an abundance of oil and natural gas, allowing the state to be a prosperous producer of these valuable resources; and

Whereas Christians acknowledge such natural resources are created by God; and

Whereas the oil and gas industry continues to produce countless opportunities for wealth generation for Oklahoma families; and

Whereas Oklahoma recognizes the incredible economic, community and faith-based impacts demonstrated across the state by oil and natural gas companies; and

Whereas Christians are invited to thank God for the blessing created by the oil and natural gas industry and to seek His wisdom and ask for protection; now, therefore, I, Mary Fallin, Governor, do hereby proclaim October 13, 2016, as “Oilfield Prayer Day” in the state of Oklahoma.

I sure hope that the good Lord doesn’t send down one of his earthquakes on Thursday. It might shake the locals into realizing that an understanding of science, proper regulation, and a tax policy that makes oil billionaires pay for the damage they are doing to the state might do as much good as all those prayers.

It’s important to remain vigilant about the extent to which the oil and gas industry extends its tentacles into our lives to prevent responsible management of their activities.

About davidjkatz

The Moses family has lived on the Stillwater River since 1974, when George and Lucile Moses retired and moved to the Beehive from the Twin Cities. They’re gone now, but their four daughters (pictured at left, on the Beehive) and their families continue to spend time there, and have grown to love the area. This blog started as an email chain to keep the family informed about the threat of increased fracking activity in the area, but the desire to inform and get involved led to the creation of this blog.
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5 Responses to The state of Oklahoma would rather pray for oilfields than regulate them

  1. Jeannie says:

    Unreal! As a Christian myself I think many people forget what God said in Genesis 1:27-28 where they are told to “care for the earth” including plants, animals and water. How are polluting industries caring for the ground and water?

  2. lynnbob says:

    OK, I’ve heard everything now. Maybe we could get them to include landslide removal In the prayers!! We just had a couple move to Columbus from Oklahoma because they could not take the earthquakes any more. You should talk to them when you get back out here.


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  3. wilderld says:

    Dear God,

    Thank you so much for the opportunity for fracking. It is such a blessing to have the possibility of methane in my drinking water. And the excitement of more earthquakes! Oh, and contaminated ground water and dust on our fields! What a bounty of blessings. You are, indeed, a gracious God.

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