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NEWS RELEASE · 16th November 2012
Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun
BC Hydro burns hundreds of thousands of trees along Northwest Transmission Line

Hydro has warned residents along the route to expect smokey and hazy skies as contractors burn hundreds of thousands of trees — almost all of the estimated 490,000 cubic metres of wood that is now being cleared along the right-of-way for the $404 million project.

BC Hydro is burning most of the timber it is cutting along the 340-kilometre-long route of its Northwest Transmission Line north of Terrace, saying the quality of the wood and sheer remoteness of the project make it uneconomic to salvage.

Hydro has warned residents along the route to expect smokey and hazy skies as contractors burn hundreds of thousands of trees — almost all of the estimated 490,000 cubic metres of wood that is now being cleared along the right-of-way for the $404 million project.

Ironically, one of the environmental arguments Hydro makes for the new line is that electrification will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in northwestern B.C.

The logging is being conducted by six regional First Nations and their contractors as part of an agreement with Hydro that turned title to the timber over to First Nations.

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What a waste of our natural resources......
Comment by Larry Walker on 16th November 2012
Ironically our forest industry is always crying the blues over lack of timber supply (recent example to reconstruction of the Burns Lake Mill) and here we are sending it up in smoke. Where is our wonderful prov govt when all of this is happening?

Since there are no stumpage fees on this wood it is even more valuable. Cut able timber shud be salvaged and made into 2x4's ....the balance shud be chipped up in the bush and sent to the pulp mills.

It's a d.. waste or good wood fibre.