Leaching acid for more than 60 years

Leaching acid for more than 60 years r1 ... View this e-mail in your browser. Whoa. Seriously. You folks are the best!

Just 48 hours ago we asked you to make a reporting project on B.C.'s most infamous abandoned mine possible — and already we're more than half-way to raising the $7,000 needed to get there.

The Tulsequah Chief mine has been leaching acid mine drainage into a tributary to 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.

When I received a pitch from award-winning filmmaker Colin Arisman proposing to raft and hike the 145-kilometre trip to this remote mine, I just had to say yes — even though I wasn't quite sure how we'd pay for it. Will you help us bring Colin’s story to reality by giving $50 or $100 today?

Apart from 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. That's why getting a journalist there is so dang expensive.

But sites like these need to be documented and the resulting photo essay is sure to be one of our biggest stories of the year. Will you contribute $50 or $100 to bring this original story to thousands of Canadians?

Time and time again, our readers have made ambitious reporting projects like this happen. Already 39 readers like you have contributed $4,340. Please give what you can today to bring this important project to life.

We can't wait to share the photos with you. Read on for this week's highlights!

Emma Gilchrist

P.S. 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.

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