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Daily Archives: February 23, 2012

Business & Politics

Cascades reports Fourth quarter and Full Year 2011 results

PR Newswire press release
February 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC, — Cascades Inc. CA:CAS -2.93% , a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces its unaudited financial results for the three-month period and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

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North Cowichan to hear from Catalyst boss

HQ Cowichan Valley
February 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

While the municipality of North Cowichan keeps an eye on the status of their biggest tax payer, the Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill, the district council was scheduled to get an update Wednesday from mill boss, Catalyst Paper CEO and President Kevin Clarke. The company is under court protection from its creditors while it figures out how to deal with its debt. North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure said they understand the uncertainty of it. “We know it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the company and we are hoping they will carry on.”

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Western Forest Products reports lower fourth-quarter profits, revenues increase

Stockhouse
February 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Western Forest Products Inc. said Wednesday its fourth-quarter profits were lower than the same period a year ago, but sales were higher. The Vancouver-based woodland operator and lumber producer said net income during the last three months of 2011 was $5.3 million, a drop from $20.1 million a year earlier.

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WFP profits on log, milling demand

Victoria Times Colonist
February 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Strong shipments of lumber and logs and improved production at its sawmills powered Western Forest Products to a $24-million profit in 2011, according to the company’s year-end financial statements. The Nanaimo-based company reported a 28 per cent increase in sales to $854 million over 2010 and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, of $62 million, up from $47 million in 2010.

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Exporting raw logs to China wooden-headed Liberal deal

Letter by Linda Sutton
The Province
February 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

While the B.C. Liberals are busy railing about how the opposition will kill the economy, just what, pray tell, are they doing by exporting raw logs to China so that they can be processed there instead of in B. C.?

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Western’s Annual Results Show Continued Improvement EBITDA for 2011 Improved by 32% Over 2010

By Western Forest Products Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)
February 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – “2011 was a good year for Western with EBITDA increasing 32% from 2010 to $62 million,” said Dominic Gammiero, Chairman and Chief executive Officer. “Even though markets for some of our products remain historically weak, our repositioned cost structure allowed our timberlands and lumber manufacturing businesses to operate at significantly higher rates than 2010. The improved financial results and resulting balance sheet will allow the Company to continue to implement our strategic capital plan.”

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Oregon Logging Conference Has International Focus

KLCC FM Public Radio
February 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The 74th annual Oregon Logging Conference begins tomorrow (Thursday) in Eugene. Organizers expect hundreds of people to participate in the three day event. Loggers get together every year at the Lane Events Center to check out the newest equipment and to discuss the future of the industry. Oregon Logging Conference President Ken Wienke says the theme this year is “The World Needs our Wood”. He says even though the U-S housing market is depressed, there’s demand for northwest timber from other countries.

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Lyons Falls mill redevelopment may include biorefinery

Watertown Daily News
February 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

LOWVILLE — Lewis County legislators on Tuesday morning got an update on redevelopment plans, including a biorefinery component, for the former Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper mill.“There are some good things on the horizon there,” Eric J. Virkler, Lewis County’s economic development director and a Lewis County Development Corp. board member, said at a legislative Economic Development Committee session attended by most lawmakers. “Money is always the issue.”

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Deltic Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Year of 2011 Results

MarketWatch (press release)
February 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

EL DORADO, Ark. – Deltic Timber Corporation’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Ray C. Dillon, announced today that financial results for the fourth quarter of 2011 were a loss of $.2 million, $.02 a share, which compares to net income of $1.3 million, $.10 a share, in the corresponding quarter of 2010.

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Pulp mill’s check list

The Mercury
February 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

RICHARD Chandler Corporation wants to find out if Gunns has a social licence and broad community support for its pulp mill before it invests $150 million in the timber firm. In its first comment since a Gunns’ statement to the Australian Securities Exchange on February 8, the corporation, heralded as a white knight for the pulp mill project, confirmed it was considering injecting money. The statement did not specifically mention the $2.3 billion Bell Bay mill but said its “investment framework” would look closely at the degree of community support.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

POLY-WOOD, Inc. Lumber Division Introduces New Product Line To Broaden Offering of Sustainable Lumber

By POLYWOODTM
PR Urgent (press release)
February 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

POLY-WOOD, Inc. Lumber Division, a leading provider of recycled plastic lumber for the outdoor furnishings and accessories industries, announces the introduction a line of durable and sustainable utility grade plastic lumber. Incorporating the same moisture-proof properties of its premium line; the new POLY-WOOD Utility Grade will utilize maximum recycled content and incorporate features for alternative manufacturing and construction applications. 

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Forestry

Caribou recovery plan swamped by public feedback

Minister may delay decision as environmentalists go back to court to force emergency action
CBC News
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Environment Canada had to be dragged into court before it came up with a recovery strategy for Canada’s endangered woodland caribou. But that proposed conservation strategy is so controversial, the government will be forced to delay its final decision on the method of conservation by a month due to an overwhelming amount of public feedback. Wednesday was the deadline for comments on the recovery strategy and Environment Canada received 14,000 submissions.

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Slow markets, labour shortages lead challenges for Revelstoke forest industry

Revelstoke Times Review
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jim Scott spends his days out in the bush logging. As the owner of Two Guys Logging, a logging contractor, he admits that he’s at the bottom of the totem pole in the forestry industry. Still, he’s seen the industry’s struggles first hand. “There’s no doubt it’s changed a lot in the last five to 10 years,” he said. “I’m employing 15 guys, I used to have a crew of 35.” Those workers he no longer employs have scattered all over, he said. Some have gone to work in the oil fields while others have gone into mining.

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Routley: government can’t see the forest for the lack of trees

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you go down to the woods today, says Cowichan Valley’s MLA, you’re in for a big surprise. “In some areas, you can’t see the forest for the lack of trees — that’s the problem,” Bill Routley lamented. Routley, who also serves as the B.C. NDP’s deputy critic for forests, lands and natural resource operations, is demanding answers after reading the Auditor General John Doyle’s report, An Audit of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ Management of Timber.

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Logging starts in spotted owl habitat

Chilliwack Progress
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging has started in spotted owl habitat located near Chilliwack, sparking a “protest vigil” by angry residents. “The fallers are here now,” Post Creek resident Betty Ann Belisle said early Wednesday morning. “It was a protected area for the spotted owl, now they’re not protecting it,” she said. The logging will also shatter the scenic beauty of the area for residents — and for recreational users alike, she added.

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No Longer A ‘Sunset’ Industry, Canfor’s President Predicts Bright Future For Forestry

HQ Grande Prairie
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Securing foreign markets, investing in infrastructure and technology, and searching high and low for the next generation of workers interested in forestry as a career: Those are just some of the things Canfor President and CEO Don Kayne says the company is working on. Kayne gave a glimpse into Canfor’s future plans in his remarks at the Growing the North Conference. Kayne says there are many reasons the Grande Prairie operation is a key element in Canfor’s re-investment strategy.

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Police investigate after dozens of trees felled in North Vancouver park

North Shore News
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Police have launched a criminal investigation after someone cut down as many as 35 mature trees in Capilano River Regional Park, possibly to improve a view. Metro Vancouver staff came across the damage on a steep slope just west of Capilano Road Jan. 10 after someone in the neighbourhood said they had heard chainsaws working overnight. The culprits had hacked down the second-growth timber, some of it as much as 60 years old, and removed limbs from other larger trees, all of them on parkland. Piles of branches and large trunks were left on the ground to rot.

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Logging begins in Chilliwack River Valley near where endangered owl was spotted

Chilliwack Times
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite protests from local residents and environmental groups, and the discovery of a spotted owl, logging began Wednesday in a Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA) set aside for the protection of the birds in the Chilliwack River Valley. The WHA near Chilliwack Lake was one of many created in 2006 by the provincial government for the protection of owls. But last October, the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations cancelled an order that promised logging would not occur within the WHA, and replaced it with one allowing logging.

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Trees in North Van park may have been chopped to improve views

The Province
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There are some homes not far from the damage, which police identified as being in the 4500 block of Capilano Road. Morrell was unwilling to confirm the damage was likely to improve views but conceded that was a “fair assumption.” “There were some views that were improved as a result of this,” he said. …There are some homes not far from the damage, which police identified as being in the 4500 block of Capilano Road.  Morrell was unwilling to confirm the damage was likely to improve views but conceded that was a “fair assumption.”  “There were some views that were improved as a result of this,” he said.

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Forestry Missing From Provincial Budget

Opinion 250 News
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Provincial New Democrat Carol James slams the budget of Kevin Falcon, for failing to mention forestry. Speaking on the Meisner program on CFISFM this morning, James says it was shocking that the entire budget did not mention forestry once “Not the word forests, not the forest industry, not once, in fact, it cuts $20 million dollars out of the forestry budget over the next two years. So, a failure, a big failure from my perspective.” Minister Falcon disputes that claim.

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Environmentalists protest logging of spotted owl habitat in BC’s Fraser Valley

Global BC
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHILLIWACK, B.C. – A conservation group says loggers are cutting down trees in an area of B.C.’s Fraser Valley that’s inhabited by the spotted owl, one of Canada’s most endangered species. Wilderness Committee policy director Gwen Barlee says logging company Tamihi (tama-high) was issued a cutting permit on Tuesday for the area near Chilliwack. She calls the logging irresponsible and outrageous because there are fewer than 10 spotted owls living in the wild in British Columbia and the logging is happening in a designated wildlife habitat area created to protect the little birds

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Protect bears from logging, biologist says

Kamloops Daily News
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry managers in B.C. have long known winter logging poses significant risks to sleeping bears but have chosen to ignore the issue, says an independent bear biologist. Wayne McCrory, a Kootenay biologist who works with the Valhalla Wilderness Society, said Wednesday he was outraged to hear about two bear cubs euthanized on government orders Monday. …In this case, the Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers was prepared to accept the cubs, but the animals were dead before arrangements could be made. “It was a callous decision not based on the right information,” he said.

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Bowater goes outside NS to hire forestry contractors

TheChronicleHerald.ca
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products has quietly hired forestry contractors from outside Nova Scotia for the Bowater Mersey paper mill. Less than three months after the province unveiled a $50-million deal to keep the plant running and save jobs, the Montreal-based forest products company has hired contractors from Quebec and New Brunswick. In the wake of a government bailout package that included breaks on property taxes and power rates, as well as worker concessions, the hiring of contractors from outside Nova Scotia has caused some uneasy feelings.

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Emerald Ash borer is on the move

EMC Kingston
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

EMC news-The Emerald Ash Borer is winding its way across Ontario killing ash trees. Aerial surveys in 2010 in southwest Ontario identified 35,000 hectares of dead or dying ash trees. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is known to exist from Windsor east to Toronto in the Ottawa area and is on the move. Can Wolfe Island and the Kingston area with their beautiful mature stands of ash escape ?

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Guelph’s urban forestry plan still in planning

Guelph Mercury
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

GUELPH — Much has been done on paper, but as yet those emerging paper plans haven’t been shaped into action on the ground when it comes to Guelph’s ambitious urban forestry management plan. The city’s planning and building, engineering and environment committee voted to receive a report from consultants Urban Forest Innovations Incorporated and Beacon Environmental on Tuesday. The vote keeps the planning process in motion. A vision of Guelph covered in a sprawling green canopy, and a plan to make that happen, has now been in the works for five years, and the canopy has not expanded over that time – in fact, it has shrunk.

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US Forest Service Research Used in New, Invasive-Plant Software

USDA Press Release
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

U.S. Forest Service research and funding have led to the development of a free software application that will help people identify and control destructive invasive plants in Southern forests and grasslands. Development of the application is part of the Forest Service’s multi-faceted strategy to reduce the impact of nonnative species – animals, pathogens and plants. These foreign invaders deplete water supplies, poison wildlife and livestock, and damage property in urban and rural areas at a cost of about $138 billion annually. Congongrass, nonnative privets, autumn olive and tallowtree are among the most common plants plaguing the South.

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Let’s work together on logging truck decision

Lincoln News Messenger
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The “elephant in the room” has finally been let out of its cage. That “animal” is the logging trucks traveling on Highways 193 and 65 to and from the Sierra Pacific Industries’ sawmill at 1445 Highway 65 in north Lincoln. And it’s good timing, as the highly-anticipated completion of the Highway 65 bypass is quickly approaching. When the bypass opens this summer, one third to one half of the cars traveling through Highway 65’s downtown portion should be diverted, according to Lincoln’s public-services director Mark Miller last August.

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Oregon Logging Conference Starts Thursday

KEZI TV
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Logging Conference is taking over the Lane County Fairgrounds starting Thursday. While Oregon’s logging industry has been suffering in the past few years, OLC representatives say this year’s conference brings good news. The exhibit halls will host the biggest equipment show in the past five years. William Springer with the Diversified Products Division for Caterpillar will be the keynote speaker.

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Ruling affects forest use fees

Arizona case could force U.S. Forest Service to stop charging fees for use of undeveloped forest areas
Mail Tribune
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A ruling in an Arizona case by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco may ultimately cut fees for visiting undeveloped sites on national forestland in the Pacific Northwest. The unanimous decision by the court concluded that the 2004 Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act prohibits the U.S. Forest Service from charging fees to visitors interested in such activities as hiking, picnicking or camping in undeveloped areas on national forests.

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Audubon says Alaska Native corporation targeting oldest, largest Tongass trees

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – More than 12,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest’s oldest and largest trees are being targeted for logging under a bill that would place wide swathes of forest lands in private hands, an Audubon report says. “These are the ancient giant tree stands,” said Audubon Alaska policy director Eric Myers. “These are effectively the redwoods of the Tongass.” Audubon Alaska used U.S. Forest Service data to look at the potential impact of a bill pending in Congress that would allow Sealaska Corp. to pick choice lands in the nation’s largest national forest for logging and other uses to benefit its 20,000 shareholders. Read more: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Audubon says Alaska Native corporation targeting oldest largest Tongass trees.

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City worries billboard law will hurt tree canopy

Charlotte Observer
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The city of Charlotte, which is trying to protect its diminishing tree canopy, worries that a new state law designed to give billboards more visibility will result in significant tree loss along interstates and other state highways. City arborist Don McSween says the law, which goes into effect March 1, will result in trees cut down along Interstates 77 and 85, and the Brookshire Freeway near Beatties Ford Road, among other places.

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Timber dispute ends up in court

Trees cut on wrong property
Warren Tribune Chronicle
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WARREN – A Larchmont Avenue N.E. land-owner is seeking triple the amount of damages from a neighboring landowner and a logger who mistakenly cut down about 40 large trees on the 1,000-foot deep stretch of land that runs between the Brainard Strapping property and Wheatland Tube.

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Forest development fund looking to reforest budworm devastated areas

The county is still recovering from a serious budworm outbreak in its jack pine population that started seven years ago, Hubbard County Land Commissioner Mark Lohmeier told the board last week.
Park Rapids Enterprise
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The county is still recovering from a serious budworm outbreak in its jack pine population that started seven years ago, Hubbard County Land Commissioner Mark Lohmeier told the board last week. He requested an increase in the tax forfeited land apportionment, which the board granted. In 2011, the total proceeds were $353,000 and change. Of that forest development received $106,000; parks and recreation, the revenue fund and school districts each received $70,612.82 and the townships received $25,300.

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More forest land for projects after PM intervention

Hindustan Times
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has agreed to divert additional 25% forest land that was earlier categorised as no-go area for setting up projects concerning infrastructure ministries such as power, road and coal. This is after the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) stepped in and pushed the ministry to fast-track project clearances. Government sources said the move has come as a huge relief for the industry, as around 30-50 projects will now be taken up for consideration. It will also provide access to some of India’s best sites for natural resources deep inside forests in tribal areas. “We are working on the finer print,” an official said.

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Irish Trees Earmarked for Sale in 3 Billion-Euro State Sell-Off

Bloomberg
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ireland may sell timber, parts of its energy companies and a stake in airline Aer Lingus Group Plc (AERL) to raise as much as 3 billion euros ($4 billion), as the country seeks to regain its economic sovereignty. …Ireland has “made it abundantly clear that there will be no fire sales,” Brendan Howlin, the public expenditure minister, said today at a press conference in Dublin. “We want a good price. We are not going to short-change taxpayers.”

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London Tree Officers Association calculate London’s tree cover

Pitchcare
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Twenty percent, more or less. That has been the figure given for tree cover in London for 20 years. This is despite hundreds of thousands of trees planted in the same period and many initiatives to increase tree numbers in the city. Now the doubts are over. The accurate and precise figure for 2010 is 21.87%. This is made up of two elements: woodlands and isolated trees, e.g. street trees and trees in gardens and parks. Woodland covers 7.37% of the city. Isolated trees (or trees in small groups or lines which don’t qualify as woodlands) cover a further 14.5%of the city.

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Govt looks to appoint tree curator

The Canberra Times
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The ACT government has agreed in-principle to create a city-wide tree curator position to help manage the territory’s precious tree resource. The government also says the successful candidate won’t necessarily need a background in horticulture or aboriculture – something the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Bob Neil, disagrees with. The government has also agreed in principle to committing an extra $4 million a year in ongoing funding to Territory and Municipal Services to improve its maintenance of street and park trees but warns it is subject to budget constraints and competing priorities.

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Surgery for activist after police end protest

Perth Now
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

AN anti-logging activist has undergone surgery today after police allegedly injured his hands during a protest in the state’s South-West. Forest Rescue’s Glen Pendlebury received numerous stitches to both hands after police tried to unlock him from logging machinery, while he was protesting in Warrup Forest, near Bridgetown on Tuesday. Mr Pendlebury was the subject of international media attention last month after he boarded Japanese whaling vessel the Shonan Maru No 2.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New Enzyme Could Make Cellulosic Ethanol Competitive With Fossil Fuels

Forbes
February 22, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Efforts to create a market for cellulosic ethanol in the U.S. veered into the realm of the absurd last month when companies faced fines of $6.8 million for failing to meet a 2011 federal quota to blend 6.6 million gallons of the renewable fuel into oil and diesel supplies.

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Oakeshott besieged on native forest biomass

Eden Magnet
February 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Independent MP Rob Oakeshott’s political mettle is being well and truly put to the test this week, and next, and also the one following… Mr Oakeshott introduced a disallowance motion into Parliament on February 9 that, if passed, would see bio energy sourced from native forest biomass classified as ‘renewable’. …Locally that would mean projects like South East Fibre Export’s (SEFE) proposed biomass power plant using wood waste such as shavings, would qualify for Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) making it a viable proposition again after it fell out of favour under the federal government’s Clean Energy Future.

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