Yukon regrets releasing fracking docs to media

E-mail to other government departments mistakenly went to local reporter.

March 9, 2015   by CANADIAN PRESS

WHITEHORSE, Yukon — The Yukon government says it regrets accidentally emailing internal draft documents in which it recommends fracking to the media.

The Energy, Mines and Resources Department says it was sending a presentation and speech to other departments for review when the e-mail was mistakenly forwarded to a local reporter.

It includes recommendations to focus on fracking and oil and gas basins in the territory and has since been publicly released.

The documents outline a government response including a public information campaign and an economic study.

The government says the recommendations do not advise a decision to either allow or disallow fracking and noted that there are no current proposals for shale and gas development.

The documents were drafted for a presentation to Parliament later this month in response to a select committee’s report on fracking in the Yukon.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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