‘This could be oil’: Drift cards tossed into Fraser River to simulate oil spill

August 26, 2014

By Emily Jackson
Metro

Four hundred plywood drift cards stamped with the warning “This could be oil” were tossed into the Fraser River Tuesday to simulate how far oil could travel if it spilled out of the proposed expansion to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

Researchers from Raincoast Conservation and the Georgia Strait Alliance travelled by boat past seals and osprey to dump the drift cards – don’t worry, they’re biodegradable and marked with non-toxic paint – from four spots spanning the river where Kinder Morgan plans to twin its existing pipeline near the Port Mann Bridge.

In 50 minutes, the drift cards travelled three and a half kilometres downstream…

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