10,000 abandoned mines

10,000 abandoned mines r1 ... View this e-mail in your browser Dear PAOV,

Canada is home to as many as 10,000 orphaned and abandoned mine sites, according to a recent report from Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Across the country these sites continue to pollute the landscape, threatening wildlife and nearby communities.

It’s one thing to read these figures, but it’s a whole other thing to see one of these abandoned mine sites with your own two eyes.

That’s why my ears perked up when I received a pitch from award-winning filmmaker Colin Arisman this summer, proposing to raft and hike into one of B.C.’s most infamous abandoned mines: the Tulsequah Chief.

This was a no-brainer. I had to say yes. But covering this out-of-sight story isn’t cheap. All in, this piece is going to cost The Narwhal $7,000 to pull off and share with the world. Can you give $50 or $100 today to bring this story to thousands of Canadians?

This mine has been leaching acid mine drainage into a tributary of the Taku River, home to a massive salmon run, for more than 60 years. That’s right: six decades have gone by without a single company or government successfully cleaning up the site. Now taxpayers are on the hook for cleanup costs.

Stories like these have to be seen to be believed. And yet for years, we’ve relied on just one photo of the Tulsequah Chief to accompany the dozens of stories we’ve published about this saga.

Why? Besides a few short 4x4 trails, the entire Taku watershed remains without access roads and is considered to be the largest intact wilderness river system on the Pacific coast of North America.

This is why I told Colin to head out on his journey even though I wasn’t quite sure how we’d pay for it. He set out on a bush flight, a four-hour hike to the Inklin River, a 130-kilometre packraft trip and a 15-kilometre hike into the Tulsequah Chief.

The resulting photo essay is sure to be one of our biggest stories of the year. Will you help us bring Colin’s story to reality by giving $50 or $100 today?

Time and time again, our readers have made ambitious reporting projects like this happen. In 2017, more than 100 readers funded our mining boom photo essay and it ended up winning a national award. Let’s do it again.

Give $100 by midnight Wednesday and we’ll send you a Narwhal toque.

At long last, the B.C. government is due to examine its reclamation security policy this fall.

Colin’s trip down the Taku River couldn’t have come at a better time — please give what you can today to help us publish this important piece.

Thanks for all you do to make independent journalism a reality!

Emma Gilchrist

P.S. We have a big box of Narwhal toques we’d love to get out into the world in time for the first cold snap, so we’ll pop one in the mail to anyone who gives $100 by midnight Wednesday. Give $100 and get a Narwhal toque.

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