While most of the nation is wincing at the gas pump, musical touring act Blue Turtle Seduction is turning to French fries and chicken wings; their fuel solution is waste vegetable oil. Collected from restaurants' dirty grease dumpsters, the oil is heated and filtered, then used immediately as fuel for their 40-foot tour bus. The benefits show up in the pocketbook, the air quality, and even in the smell emitting from the tailpipe.
Adam Navone, drummer for Blue Turtle Seduction, explains: "Waste vegetable oil turns a would-be waste product into a fuel alternative. It gets approximately the same mpg as regular diesel fuel, and sometimes smells like a Chinese buffet, or if you're lucky, a donut shop."
According to Shaun Dolan, manager for Blue Turtle Seduction, waste vegetable oil fuel is critical both to the environment and to the company's bottom line: "The nature of a band is to travel— touring is the major part of our business. This is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint from our bus, as well as help our business survive in a time of skyrocketing gas prices."
Vegetable oil is the main component of biodiesel, which is simply chemically modified vegetable oil. However, as Navone points out, the significant advantage to straight vegetable oil is that it does not require any refining or costly additives— aspects that often times make biodiesel as expensive as conventional gasoline, as well as create more waste products.
Blue Turtle Seduction is a musical entertainment group performing live shows nationwide. They will be performing a free concert at the Whoa Nellie Amphitheater, Lee Vining, CA, on September 4-5th 2008 to promote the use of waste vegetable oil fuel. This event will be presented by Tioga Mobil Gas Station, which regularly donates its used vegetable oil to the band. Blue Turtle Seduction is set to release a new album in Fall 2008 entitled "13 Floors": a sneak preview is available for streaming only at www.myspace.com/blueturtleseduction.
Previous recordings can be found on iTunes or on Blue Turtle Seduction's official website.
FALL TOUR DATES:
9/23 – Georgia Tech – Atlanta, GA
9/27 – Francis Marion University – Florence, SC
9/30 – Villanova University – Villanova, PA
10/03 – Penn State University – University Park, PA
10/11 – SUNY Purchase College – Harrison, NY
10/12 – New York Harvest Festival – Hancock, NY
10/30 – LAS TORTUGAS DANCE of the DEAD 3 – Groveland, CA
10/31 – LAS TORTUGAS DANCE of the DEAD 3 – Groveland, CA
11/01 – LAS TORTUGAS DANCE of the DEAD 3 – Groveland, CA
11/02 – LAS TORTUGAS DANCE of the DEAD 3 – Groveland, CA