Environmental NGOs launch B.C. oil-spill study

By ANDREA WOO  The Globe and Mail

VANCOUVER —

In coming weeks, more than a thousand small, yellow cards will traverse the waters around Vancouver and the Gulf and San Juan islands, washing up along the shores of the Salish Sea. Those who stop to pick them up will see a simple message: “This could be oil.”

The cards are part of an oil-spill study launched Thursday by members of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Georgia Strait Alliance.

By dropping hundreds of the small pieces of bright yellow marine plywood from boats into the water, the environmental groups are aiming to study the trajectory oil spills might take, while creating awareness of the risks.

Members of the public who find the four-by-six-inch cards can then contact the groups either by phone or online and plot the individually numbered cards on an interactive map…

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