BC gov’t ignores own pledge to consult citizens, grants Talisman’s request for big water use
By Ben Parfitt
Williston 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.