We have just released our latest video featuring aerial photographs of the Faro Mine, one of Canada's most notorious contaminated sites. The abandoned lead/zinc mine is located 15 km north of the Town of Faro, Yukon Territory. The minesite is currently managed by the Government of Yukon with funding from the Government of Canada. Cleanup has not yet begun and is expected to cost taxpayers half a billion dollars and 400 years, with water treatment needed forever.
YCS is a watchdog for mining in the Yukon territory. We work to ensure that new mines are done right and old mines get cleaned up. Our annual overflights and associated monitoring of Faro Mine were the first to publicize the release of contaminants into Rose Creek that caused discolouration. This was then correlated with water test results that had been submitted to the Yukon Water Board by the onsite government water testers, but not publicized. We continue to do annual overflights of Faro Mine to keep an eye on the minesite conditions.
Footage by volunteer Gerry Whitley with support from LightHawk, copyright Yukon Conservation Society 2018.