I am an Alaska native and have always thought that a car must be warmed up in winter. I recently learned how leaving a car running or warming it up is detrimental to the environment and wasteful of gasoline.Idling cars are everywhere, parked in front of schools, drive-up windows, post offices, stores and in driveways. Too many of us are idling our vehicles, wasting thousands of gallons of gas and emitting tons of pollutants into the atmosphere. Our excuse? Its cold outside.Yes, its often cold in Colorado. But try Alaska in mid-January. Now thats cold.Americans are vehicle idlers wasting millions of dollars yearly in fuel and producing unnecessary emissions of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. To make matters worse, vehicle idling contributes to poor air quality and smog, which directly affect the health of our children, seniors and people with respiratory problems. There are several websites that debunk several popular myths about idling automobiles:Myth: The engine should be warmed up before driving. Reality: Idling is not an effective way to warm up the engine, even in winter. The best way is to drive the vehicle. With modern engines, you need no more than 30 seconds of idling before driving.Myth: Idling is good for your engine.Reality: Excessive idling damages your engines components, including cylinders, spark plugs and the exhaust system.Myth: Shutting off and restarting your vehicle is hard on the engine and uses more gas than if you leave it running.Reality: Frequent restarting has little impact on the battery and starter motor. Component wear caused by restarting the engine is estimated to add $10 per year to the cost of driving. This will be recovered several times over in fuel savings from reduced idling. More than 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine. If you want to learn more about reducing your contribution to global climate change and air pollution-related lung damage should visit http:// http://www.vteco.com/contntpg/ globalwr.html or call 1 (800) 974- 9559 to receive a copy of the EcoLogical Solutions Global Warming brochure.Michael P. BlairNew Castle
The recent letter from Randy Fricke of Grand Valley Citizens Alliance regarding a YouTube video of an EnCana work site deserves a response so that he and others who may watch this video correctly understand what theyre seeing.The video shows remediation of a pit site at a well location near Silt. Dirt is being used to force water to one side of the pit. The water is bunched up on that side and sucked out according to regulatory requirements. The fluid in the pit is produced water only. The dirt that touches the bunched water is tested. If there is a problem, its removed. As the well is being brought online, a four-phase separator ensures that no hydrocarbons get back into the pit. All procedures used on this location are per Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission requirements.In the age of YouTube and instant communication, its important people understand what it is they are viewing before they jump to conclusions.Doug Hockdirector of Public & Community RelationsEnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
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