Oil cards expected to wash up along Richmond’s shores

 

Environmentalists host experiment on Fraser River to simulate potentially harmful oil spill

Graeme Wood / Richmond News

August 27, 2014

If you’ve walked along the dyke recently, you might be asking yourself: What are those yellow things floating in the Fraser River or stuck on the rocks?

Well, they’re biodegradable wooden cards, tossed overboard by environmentalists from the Georgia Strait Alliance and Raincoast Conservation Foundation on Tuesday to simulate the rapid dispersion of oil in the event of a failure from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, which crosses the river near the Port Mann Bridge.

This was the fourth round of card experiments — which began in October — and the first time the groups dropped cards in the river. They also dropped cards in eight other locations related to pipeline or shipping routes in nearby waters.

The two groups, in concert with the City of Vancouver, have been applying this experiment to protest the planned twinning of the existing pipeline that will see up to a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet…

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