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Down the Drain Goes Public’s Right to Know about Fracking

BC gov’t ignores own pledge to consult citizens, grants Talisman’s request for big water use

By Ben Parfitt
The Tyee

Williston ReservoirWilliston Reservoir in northeast B.C. is the province’s biggest body of fresh water. Photo: BC Hydro.

What landed in the Tyee’s inbox was entirely in keeping with the government’s handling of a contentious proposal by a natural gas company to divert large quantities of water out of Williston Reservoir. When word leaked that the government had approved the diversion scheme, a rather strange statement was issued that began by noting that the provincial Cabinet minister in charge was unavailable.

The statement was not a formal news release. Nor was it posted on any government website. Rather, it was emailed without advance notice to a few select media — The Tyee and CBC Radio’s Prince George station included.

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