City of Vancouver creates simulation of Kinder Morgan pipeline spill

Dec 19 2017, 11:53 am

In an effort to see just how far a potential oil spill would spread in the event of an accident, the City of Vancouver, in partnership with environmental groups Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Georgia Strait Alliance, is conducting a simulation exercise in the Fraser River and Burrard Inlet.

As part of the exercise, yellow biodegradable plywood cards marked with individual serial numbers will be let loose in the waters, carrying a message to anyone who comes across the cards to plot the location on an interactive website.

Organizers say the cards are a good way for the public to visually grasp the gravity of a pipeline spill and the data will also give researchers an idea of which communities and areas could be affected should a spill take place.

This card drop is a continuation of a study in October 2013, which found that when the cards were dropped in the Salish Sea, they had the ability to travel as far as Haida Gwaii, BC’s north and central coasts, Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, and the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Meanwhile, today also marks the beginning of Kinder Morgan’s plans to start surveying the lands around the foot of Burnaby Mountain.

The company intends to do survey and geotechnical work in the area between August 27 and September 30, but will face opposition from the City of Burnaby as it promises to do what it can to prevent the work from happening.

A ruling from the National Energy Board has given Kinder Morgan the right to access the land for non-invasive work, but the city maintains that the ruling does not allow Kinder Morgan to break its bylaws. Bylaw officers will be stationed where the work is scheduled to take place in order to crack down on any rules being broken.

Featured Image: Twitter post via @Raincoast