Oil spill simulation gets locals talking about possibility of crude along the Salish Sea

Vancouver Observer

Jenny Uechi  Aug 28th, 2014

Vancouver-based artist Tamara Phillips was out swimming with her partner near Stanley Park sea on a hot, sunny Wednesday, when her eye caught a glimpse of a yellow card, floating along the water’s surface.

The card was stamped with the text “This could be oil”, drawing attention to the potential consequence of an oil spill on the coast. Hundreds of cards were dropped along the Fraser River and Burrard Inlet area on Tuesday by members of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation to simulate how oil would disperse in the event of a spill.

The experiment is timely ahead of NEB hearings for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would increase the number of tankers to Burnaby five-fold to over 400 oil tankers a year…

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