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626 pages r1 ... View this e-mail in your browser. It’s been another exciting week over at The Narwhal, to follow up the news of our award nominations last week.

The best news of all is that in the past week 52 of you signed up to become monthly members of The Narwhal!

Together, you 52 lovely humans will contribute $8,964 in support for our independent journalism over the next year, which makes us a) feel less stressed about the budget and b) feel very optimistic about the future of reader-funded journalism in Canada. Thank you!

Which brings us to our second bit of most excellent news: The Narwhal has become the sole Canadian member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a network of nearly 200 newsrooms that produce journalism in the public interest.

Other members of the institute include heavyweights like ProPublica, Mother Jones and the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting. To become a member, a non-profit news outlet must produce high-quality original news reporting and adhere to standards of editorial independence and financial transparency. We’re super proud to be part of this vanguard of non-profit journalism.

As if that wasn’t enough exciting things for one week, there’s more! Remember when we asked you to pitch in to help us pay to get our hands on those communications records between the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers? Well, you really came through, we paid $643.95 for those documents and we got 626 pages back.

Now we’re excited to bring you our first smokin’ investigation based on those records.

Hidden among the stack of documents was a presentation revealing that the Alberta Energy Regulator projects the number of inactive oil and gas wells in the province will double to 180,000 over the next decade.

And that’s not all we’ve been up to this week! Read on for more on Natural Resources Canada penning a memo about one of our articles, B.C.’s LNG giveaway, eight big issues at stake in Alberta’s election and B.C.’s proposal to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles.

Happy reading,

Emma Gilchrist
Editor-in-Chief

Regulator projects Alberta’s inactive well problem will double in size by 2030, documents reveal

By Sharon J. Riley

Officials estimate the total number of inactive wells in Alberta will grow to 180,000 over the next decade. Read more.

B.C. to phase out gas-powered vehicles by 2040

By Emma Gilchrist
“This legislation will help ensure supply keeps up with demand . . . If you want an electric car, you should be able to drive one home from the lot, same as any car.” Read more.

Internal memo at Natural Resources Canada responds to The Narwhal’s reporting on low mining taxes and royalties

By James Wilt

While much of the four-page memo was redacted, two experts asked by The Narwhal to review the document said it reveals a great deal about how government has acclimatized to low tax rates for mining. Read more. Our co-founder and managing editor, Carol Linnitt, will be in Vancouver Sunday, April 14th, at the Elements Film Festival.

The festival is screening our documentary, Coal Valley: The story of B.C.'s quiet water contamination crisis, at 1 p.m. Carol will host a Q&A after the film.

Screener free with Science World admission. More info on tickets here.

Eight environmental issues at stake in the Alberta election (that are not pipelines)

By Sharon J. Riley

So far in the Alberta election, much of the conversation related to the environment has revolved around two political hot potatoes: the carbon tax and pipelines. But there's so much more going on behind the headlines. Read more.

6 awkward realities behind B.C.’s big LNG giveaway

By Carol Linnitt

With sprawling LNG tax breaks, the province just took its most significant environmental step yet but the details reveal a murkier reality than government talking points let on. Read more.

Institute for Nonprofit News welcomes The Narwhal as sole Canadian member

By Emma Gilchrist

“The non-profit challenge is one that inherently drives us to reconnect with our readers to deliver the news in deeper and more meaningful ways.” Read more.

Note from a Narwhal "The 180,000 gas/oil wells to clean up story influences the debate terrifically. What a precious inspiration it was to do this." — Hugh
Thanks for helping us make it happen, Hugh.
(P.S. We love to see you rocking that Narwhal t-shirt!)

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