Conservation groups launch ‘drift card’ study to measure oil spill impact

By Colleen Kimmett, The Tyee

Published October 25, 2013
If a tanker runs aground in southern B.C.’s coastal waters, where will the oil end up? That’s the question conservation groups are trying to answer with a research project launched yesterday.

High school students from the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, along with several reporters, were invited aboard the Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s research boat Achiever in Vancouver’s English Bay Thursday afternoon for the release of the first batch of 1,000 yellow plywood ‘drift cards’ that will be dropped along tankers’ route to the open ocean.

Key locations between English Bay and Victoria’s Race Rocks were chosen based on what Raincoast and the Georgia Strait Alliance — the two groups behind the initiative — say are danger zones for tankers carrying oil.

The cards are marked with information about the project, and an individual number and letter to indicate its starting point. Members of the public who find these cards on shore are asked to report back to the organizations, giving researchers an idea of how oil would be dispersed in the case of a spill.

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