Wednesday, March 19, 2014

VAN begins use of Public Lab light spectrometer- DATA and fundraising plea

Today marks the beginning of VAN's 3 prong oil train air monitoring program. (see 3-17-14 post below for complete monitoring details)  Thanks to Portland Mike for the gracious temporary loan of a Public Lab desktop light spectrometer.

VAN volunteers may be able to take pictures of gases coming from Bakken crude oil trains and other unhealthy emissions similar to this project -

VAN will be able to monitor the oil trains much more effectively with the FLIR Gasfindir hydrocarbon viewing video camera.  Will you help us reach our fundraising goal of $1,500 for a 5 day rental of this camera?  VAN is currently only able to take donations at our weekly meetings but we are searching for a 501c3 non-profit to act as our fiscal sponsor.  If you know a supportive 501c3 non profit let us know and please make a donation to this worthy project.   

SPECIAL NOTE-- If you live in the apartments facing the railroad along SE Columbia Way in Vancouver, WA and have an internet connection we would love to work with you to document the crude oil train emissions.  Please contact us with the info listed at the top right hand side of this blog.   

We are still calibrating the spectrometer and hope to have some additional data to share by 3-24-14 but till then the below pics show our calibration process.

UPDATE-- VAN volunteers need help from the residents of Vancouver.  If you see an oil train with all black oil cars stopped during a sunny day on Hwy 14 please call (503) 765- 7176 so we can respond with the light spectrometer. VAN scientists were unable to capture additional data this week with the light spectrometer but we are continuing to experiment with this equipment. 


You have to hold it really close to the light bulb to calibrate. 

This is where the magic happens!  It is the "gum stick" video camera.

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