Chasing Birds from Oil Spills—Two Experiments

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by Lynn Sharp,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87:

Abstract: Two Canadian studies that addressed different aspects of this problem were conducted in the late 1970's. One was funded by Canadian Marine Drilling Ltd. (Canmar), who was drilling for oil and gas in the Canadian Beaufort Sea (Sharp 1978); the other was funded by Syncrude Canada Ltd. , which was then constructing a facility to produce oil from oil sands in northern Alberta (Ward 1978). The Canmar study tested three promising methods of scaring water birds from a lagoon on the Beaufort Sea Coast to help develop a plan to reduce bird mortality in case of an oil spill. The northern Alberta study tested a proposed method to prevent birds from landing on a 17 sq km tailings pond under construction. This pond would have oil on its surface and be hazardous to birds landing on it.

Subject Headings: Birds | Hazardous materials spills | Seas and oceans | Water pollution | Oils | Case studies | Drilling | North America | Canada | Beaufort Sea | Alberta

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