Want to Honor the Earth for Earth Day? #NoStyro

In honor of Earth Day next week I am suggesting that we start a revolution and tell companies that use Styrofoam to stop. It is bad for our health and bad for the environment. If you want more details on why we should not use styrofoam click here to see my post Why Styrofoam is Bad.

ACTION: This week Tweet the companies below and tell them stop using styrofoam us the hashtag #NoStyro If you are not on Twitter go to their Facebook page or email them using their customer feedback pages (links listed below)

Since I wrote that post there have been TONS of people who have gone to the Dunkin Donuts website to leave a comment asking them to stop using styrofoam. Here are some other companies that I have seen using styrofoam. If you know of any others leave me comment, email me at greenforu (at) hotmail (dot) com, or tweet me @greenforu and I will add a link to their comment page.

Dunkin Donuts (@dunkindonuts): Tell Dunkin Donuts on Facebook here. Click here to tell Dunkin Donuts to finally get rid of their cups!

Chick-fil-a (@chickfila and @dancathy): Tell them on Facebook by clicking here. Click here to tell them to stop using styrofoam cups and containers. They even say on their website that they are not going to change their cups till they find a cup that still statifies their customers, right now they have not?

McDonalds ( @mcdonalds and @mcdonaldscorp) They may have ben the leaders in stoping the use of styrofoam containers in the late 80’s and early 90’s. They still use styrofoam cups in some areas for their Sweet Tea drinks. To leave a comment with them on their social responsibily webpage click here

Sonic (@sonicdrive_in): Tell them on Facebook here. Click here to tell Sonic get rid of their styrofoam cups

Jamba Juice (@jambajuice): Tell them on Facebook by clicking here. Click here to tell them to stop using styrofoam cups

Egglands Best (@egglandsbest): Tell them on Facebook here. Click here to tell Egglands Best to stop using styrofoam egg cartons.

Take some time and send these companies your comments telling them you want them to stop using styrofoam.

Sample Tweets to cut and paste:

 @dunkindonuts Coffee tastes better in paper cup. stop using styrofoam #nostyro

@jambajuice Stop putting your healthy fruit juices in styrofoam cups #nostyro

@egglandsbest Eggs prefer to be cardboard not styrofoam, save the earth #nostyro

@mcdonalds @mcdonaldscorp @chickfila In honor of the Earth and our health stop using styrofoam #nostyro

@dancathy as CEO of @chickfila you can help the planet by stopping the use of styrofoam at your resturant #nostyro


Have any other companies I should list email me or enter a comment here on the Green4U Facebook page.

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Fracking Facts

Here are some interesting facts about fracking. Many of them are shocking!

From desmogblog.com

A well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself.

The documents reveal that the wastewater, which is sometimes hauled to sewage plants not designed to treat it and then discharged into rivers that supply drinking water, contains radioactivity at levels higher than previously known, and far higher than the level that federal regulators say is safe for these treatment plants to handle.

In Pennsylvania, these (sewage) treatment plants discharged waste into some of the state’s major river basins. Greater amounts of the wastewater went to the Monongahela River, which provides drinking water to more than 800,000 people in the western part of the state, including Pittsburgh, and to the Susquehanna River, which feeds into Chesapeake Bay and provides drinking water to more than six million people, including some in Harrisburg and Baltimore.

In Texas, which now has about 93,000 natural-gas wells, up from around 58,000 a dozen years ago, a hospital system in six counties with some of the heaviest drilling said in 2010 that it found a 25 percent asthma rate for young children, more than three times the state rate of about 7 percent.

Areas around fracking drills smell(ing) like raw sewage mixed with gasoline, drilling-waste pits, some as large as a football field, sit close to homes.

Of more than 179 wells producing wastewater with high levels of radiation, at least 116 reported levels of radium or other radioactive materials 100 times as high as the levels set by federal drinking-water standards. At least 15 wells produced wastewater carrying more than 1,000 times the amount of radioactive elements considered acceptable.

Gas producers are generally left to police themselves when it comes to spills. In Pennsylvania, regulators do not perform unannounced inspections to check for signs of spills. Gas producers report their own spills, write their ownspill response plans and lead their own cleanup efforts.

Our analysis showed that shortly after hydraulic fracturing began small earthquakes started occurring, and more than 50 were identified, of which 43 were large enough to be located. Most of these earthquakes occurred within a 24 hour period after hydraulic fracturing operations had ceased.  (source www.ogs.ou.edu )

Wondering what Fracking is click here for my post explaining the process.

All facts list above are from New York Times  unless otherwise noted

What the F is Fracking?

There has been a lot of buzz out there about “fracking” and fighting oil and gas companies about fracking but what is it?

Fracking is the collection of natural gas that is trapped in rock formations that would otherwise be impossible to “recover” or use. There are now at least 20 states that have companies currently fracking.

How does it work?

Massive amounts of water (millions of gallons), sand, and chemicals are injected into the rocks at a very high pressure which then free methane gas (usually found in the Marcellus Shale region of the US). This pressurized mix makes cracks in the rocks that allows the gas to escape. The recovered water is stored in open pits and then taken to a treatment plant.

Is this regulated?

No, in 2005 Haliburton (who makes over $1.5 billion a year in energy operations, substantially on fracking) urged Congress to prevent the EPA from from regulating the process because they argued the chemicals used in the water mixture was “propriety” and therefore should not be subject to disclosure and monitoring as part of the clean water protections. There are alot of theories out there on how something like this could pass through Congress but it is important to note that Vice President Dick Cheney was in office at the time and was the former CEO of Halliburton so it is believed he had some influence on the passage of the legislation.

On March 18, 2010 the EPA announced that it would lead a $1.9 million “comprehensive, peer-reviewed study” on the effects of fracking. The results are due out in late 2012.

What about state regulation?

Some states that have many fracking projects have some regulations but there are few regulators to monitor the massive amount of projects in their states so it is hard to say that regulations are being followed. For example, in West Virginia they have 17 inspectors and 55,222 wells to inspect. That would require 9 wells to be inspected every day of the year including weekends (fact from sourcewatch.org)

Credit: Wil Andruschak, Orca Graphics

What are the effects of fracking on people?

While we do not know exactly what chemicals are being used with the water in the fracking process  but VOC’s like  biocides, surfactants, disulphides, benzene, xylenes and naphthalene have been detected in the air near fracking sites. Many residents are able to light their drinking water (from personal wells and public water) on fire and there are increased complaints of headaches, diarrhea, nosebleeds, dizziness, muscle spasms, skin issues, and other problems. Some people have reported more severe health issues like cancer. There are several reports of animals drinking from wells near fracking sites and dying.

What are the effects of fracking on the environment?

The methane gas is released from fracking. Methane gas is 72 times more dangerous to the environment and global warming that carbon dioxide (according to the IPCC’s Third Assessment Report). The average molecule of methane gas lasts around 8-9 years before it becomes carbon dioxide and water.

Can fracking cause earthquakes?

It seems hard to believe that something man-made/powered could cause earth quakes however seismic research in England and US supports a strong belief that fracking can cause inor seismic activity. Will fracking cause massive earthquakes, no, however seismic activity has been reported in the area of fracking drilling.

A report in the England concluded that fracking was the likely cause of some small earth tremors that happened during shale gas drilling. In addition the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that “Earthquakes induced by human activity have been documented in a few locations” in the United States, Japan, and Canada; “the cause was injection of fluids into deep wells for waste disposal and secondary recovery of oil, and the use of reservoirs for water supplies.”[see report] The disposal and injection wells referenced are regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act and UIC laws and are not wells where hydraulic fracturing is generally performed.

For more facts about fracking click here to read my post of some shocking facts