Texans are being urged to pray for the victims of the Gulf Coast oil disaster.
Gov. Rick Perry proclaimed Sunday, June 27, as a Day of Prayer for the Gulf Coast. The call to prayer is being echoed in other states impacted by the crisis. Governors in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are also asking for residents to honor those impacted by the disaster.
"The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has impacted numerous lives along the Gulf Coast, especially those families who lost loved ones as a result of this incident,” Gov. Perry said. “I am joining Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley in declaring June 27th a day of prayer to honor those who lost their lives and the many who have lost their livelihood as a result of this tragedy.”
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11 people died when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded on April 20. The blast blew out the well more than 5,000 feet underwater.
Oil is washing up along the shores of several states as millions of gallons of oil continue spewing from the broken well.