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Business & Politics

Tembec officially inaugurates new bark boiler at its Béarn sawmill in Quebec

Canada NewsWire (press release)
June 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – Tembec officially inaugurated a new bark boiler today at its Béarn sawmill in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec. This new boiler represents a $6 million investment announced by the Company last July. Construction began in the fall of 2011 and was completed on schedule in the spring of 2012.

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Gas leak sends Tolko mill workers scrambling

Vernon Morning Star
June 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko officials didn’t mess around when natural gas started spewing into the air at the Spallumcheen mill Friday. At about 7:45 a.m., a four-inch natural gas line ruptured after it was struck by heavy machinery working on the south side of the plywood plant. About 40 people were immediately evacuated to a safe location. “We were right at shift change,” said Rob Fraser, general manager of Okanagan operations. “It was very much a precautionary measure.”

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Nanaimo BC’s Harmac pulp mill works on green initiatives

Lesprom Network
June 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the ongoing slump in global pulp prices, work continues at Nanaimo’s Harmac pulp mill to make the operation more environmentally friendly and competitive as the Working Forest Newspaper reported. Harmac president Levi Sampson said work is well underway on the new $45-million electrical-generation plant at the mill, with the completion date scheduled for June of 2013.

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We’re affected too, says Ritchie

Nova News Now
June 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Annapolis County council wants the province to know Bowater Mersey’s recent closure announcement will have serious implications on the County of Annapolis. … “This was devastating news that will be felt by many municipalities,” said Annapolis County Warden Reg Ritchie on Wednesday, June 20. “It was even more discouraging to learn the County of Annapolis was not included in the Economic Transition Initiative that is being developed by the Province of Nova Scotia.”

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Resolute shutting down paper line at Catawba plant, layoffs pending

The Herald
June 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products is shutting down one of four production lines at its Catawba plant.  The No. 1 line which makes lightweight coated paper used in magazines and advertising fliers, will shut down June 30. Layoffs will start July 2, said Debbie Johnston, spokeswoman for the company known formerly as Abitibi Bowater. …How many people are being laid off and how long the line will be down was not announced. The company employs about 750 workers in the mill. Johnston said the shutdown was because of market conditions, which she described as “sluggish.”

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In Defence of Bowater

The Media Co-op (blog)
June 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After last week’s announcement that the Bowater Mersey paper mill in Brooklyn was shutting down for good we are left with two major questions: was the NDP government right to loan the mill’s owners, Resolute Forest Products, a bailout package of $26.5 million for upgrades and training; and more importantly, what happens now for Queen’s county and the rest of Nova Scotia?

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Mixed feelings at mill

June 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER?BROOK — Premier Kathy Dunderdale said things are looking up for Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, following the vote of its union members on new collective agreements Friday. Dunderdale held a press conference outside the Sir Richard Squires Building on Saturday. “We still have a distance to go,” she said. “But things are brighter today then they were a week ago.”

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Bowater Mersey closure prompts Nova Scotia to expedite additional silviculture programs

Lesprom Network
June 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province of Nova Scotia is expediting additional programs for private woodlot owners that will help woods workers in southwestern Nova Scotia as the Government of Nova Scotia said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The provincial government is providing up to $1.5 million in funding for silviculture initiatives that will help small, private woodlot owners improve operations.

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Tension soars as mill unions vote

Western Star
June 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The largest union of the eight under the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper umbrella, Local 64 will be the last of six unions working inside the mill to vote when they make their decisions today.  The two unions outside of the mill — Local 495, which represents Deer Lake Power employees, and Local 60N, which represents woodlands workers — were not among those who were given until today to approve the new contract the company says must be accepted if the operation is to continue.

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Domtar announces closing of sale of Lebel-sur-Quévillon assets

Canada NewsWire (press release)
June 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, – Domtar Corporation today announced the closing of the definitive agreement for the sale by the company’s Canadian subsidiary, Domtar Inc., of its Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Québec pulp and sawmilling assets to Fortress Global Cellulose Ltd. (“Fortress”) and of its lands related to such assets to a subsidiary of the Government of Québec. Fortress will convert the mill to the production of dissolving pulp, a product intended for the viscose textile market.

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Majority of union members accept reduced wages in hopes of preserving their jobs

The Western Star
June 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK Their fellow locals went to bat for them everyday, but electricians at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper say they were unable to get a collective agreement they could live with.  Local 96 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union were the only one of the five CEP locals to reject the labour contract offered to them by parent company Kruger Inc. when results of two days of voting by CEP members were announced late Friday night.

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N.L. mill workers OK contract concessions in bid to save plant from The Chronicle Herald
Kruger acknowledges positive vote from CEP members in Corner Brook Press Release from Kruger Inc.

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Mixed feelings at mill

June 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER?BROOK — Premier Kathy Dunderdale said things are looking up for Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, following the vote of its union members on new collective agreements Friday. Dunderdale held a press conference outside the Sir Richard Squires Building on Saturday. “We still have a distance to go,” she said. “But things are brighter today then they were a week ago.”

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Pioneer Selects Site Near Winslow Airport

Arizona Journal
June 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Pioneer Forest Products has chosen a site on which to process the anticipated 300,000 acres of Ponderosa pine to be harvested over the next 10 years from the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto national forests. Pioneer CEO Herman Hauck stated that the site covers 311 acres on the south end of Winslow near the airport. The construction of the facility will begin in January 2013. While many environmentalist groups and the general public are eager for the thinning project and the influx of new jobs to begin, other groups are expressing disappointment and even anger at Pioneer being awarded the contract.

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An Entrepreneur, Stimulus Money, And An Idaho Mill Town That Wants To Rise Again

State Impact
June 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Stories about mill towns tend to go something like this: generations of families work at the local sawmill. Then, the mill shuts down, taking hundreds of jobs with it. Emmett, Idaho is one of those towns. Boise Cascade closed its mill here in 2001. But that’s not where this story ends. Instead, it picks up with a Montana entrepreneur and millions in stimulus funding. …Vinson is the mill’s primary owner. ….“I believe that we’ve got it set up right, and it’s the right size, and there’s a need for it,” he says.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Simpson Tacoma – a long way from the Big Stink

The News Tribune
June 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

For a big, steaming chemical cauldron on a sensitive body of water, the Simpson Tacoma Kraft pulp mill gets some pretty good environmental reviews. The Simpson Tacoma Kraft Company has spend fortunes cleaning up its heavily polluted corner of the Tideflats, reversing more than 50 years of contamination by the plant’s previous owner, the St. Regis Kraft Company.

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Georgia Wood Chopsticks Firm Forced To Close

Woodworking Network
June 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Georgia Chopsticks llc, the Americus, GA start-up that made headlines for its export business to China, has been forced to close. …The little-business-that-could quickly won the hearts of many of us for their plucky idea: export a U.S. commodity finished into low cost goods that are competitive in China. For the wood industry the story carried some powerful subnotes – China has limited forests, and needs our wood. Rather than sell them logs, let’s sell finished goods that are American Made. Poplar eating utensils from Americus’ Georgia Chopsticks carried an added note of irony.

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Forest Stewardship Council Certification Awarded to New Energy Works Timberframers

PR Web (press release)
June 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Farmington, New York – New Energy Works Timberframers, a leader in the timber frame industry, has earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)® Chain of Custody Certification. …“We are a sustainably focused company and we believe in what the FSC stands for as do our customers – from architects and builders to homeowners. They join us in protecting our natural resources by choosing companies like ours that embrace third party certification, high environmental standards, and responsible business practices,” says Eric Fraser of New Energy Works.

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Forestry

More cash to fight fire, pine beetles

Edmonton Journal
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province is allocating $190 million in emergency funding to fight wildfires and attack mountain pine beetle infestations in Alberta forests, the government announced Thursday. The majority of the funding – $150 million – will be to fight wildfires. The cost of fighting fires across the province is covered through emergency funding because of the unpredictable nature of wildfire seasons, the province said in a new release. The remaining $40 million will be used to combat pine beetle infestations, with 75 per cent of the funding used for survey and field work. About $10 million will be used to reforest areas ravaged by infestations.

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B.C. firefighting crews head to Yukon

BC government press release
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Yukon has requested firefighting assistance from British Columbia due to an increase in wildfire activity there, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. Seven three-person initial attack crews and one agency representative will arrive in Whitehorse today and be briefed by officials before being assigned to wildfires in the Dawson City area.

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Boreal forest one step closer to UNESCO bid

Lac du Bonnet Leader
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province is one step closer to getting UNESCO protection for the East Side Boreal forest.  Premier Greg Selinger told the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development that he’s received long-term plans from two first nations, and will be finalized after input from the public. …Selinger is trying to get 33,400 sq. km — one of the last and largest intact boreal forests — designated as an area of outstanding natural and cultural universal value.

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Union joins fight to save protected trees

A union representing sawmill and pulp mill workers says lifting logging restrictions is shortsighted
News1130
June 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER  – Environmentalists worried about the potential for logging restrictions being lifted in the province are getting some support from an unusual group of people.  Arnold Bercov with the Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada, which represents sawmill and pulp mill workers, feels the prospect of logging in previously restricted areas only highlights the problems of over-cutting and the failure to diversity our economy.

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Forest fire concerns on the rise

Daily Miner and News
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ministry of Natural Resources forest fire management staff are keeping a close watch on the weather. The return of warm summer temperatures Thursday is forecast to continue following the recent period of cool, wet conditions across the Northwest region. “A drying trend is expected to continue through the weekend, although the far north is expected to have some clouds and higher relative humidity,” MNR fire information officer Deb McLean related in a news release. “This will result in a gradual change to the forest fire hazard, with a moderate hazard expected within a couple of days in the west end of the region.”

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Silviculture funding fast-tracked

Chronicle Herald
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is fast-tracking some green to tree planters in the wake of the closure of the Bowater Mersey Paper Co. mill. It announced Friday that it is providing up to $1.5 million in funding for silviculture initiatives to help small, private woodlot owners improve operations. “This investment helps bring positive change in the forest sector, while helping the environment and the economy,” Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker said in a release. “Silviculture has many benefits, including creating healthier forests, quality wood growth, improved wildlife habitat and productive and sustainable forest stands.”

Press Release from the Government of Nova Scotia

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Forestry experts seek strong rules, local owners for NS woodlands

The Chronicle Herald
June 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Questions about the future of Bowater land are calling up memories of the past: decades of Nova Scotia woodland policy and where it has led. Forestry experts interviewed by The Chronicle Herald this week, describing a century of changes, repeated two principles they think should guide the province in its decisions about the 220,000 hectares up for grabs. 

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Forest fire continues to rage near Goose Bay

The Chronicle Herald
June 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

GOOSE BAY, N.L. (CP) — Labrador fire officials say it’s too soon to tell when residents evacuated due to the threat of a raging forest fire will be able to return home. About 1,800 people in North West River and Sheshatshiu were evacuated to Happy Valley-Goose Bay Saturday night. Provincial fire duty officer Eric Young says the fire has since moved less than two kilometres toward the town. But he says any decision on the return of the evacuees would depend on the fire condition during the afternoon hours on Sunday. The winds are also expected to shift this afternoon from north-west to south-east. 

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Certified forest products protect our woodlands

Appleton Post Crescent
June 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Because of its prevalence throughout history, wood has traditionally been one of the most utilized building materials. Geographically, the use of wood in buildings varies, which due to demand means certain species and sizes of lumber will be more readily available in some areas than others. In general however, wood remains a highly-consumed commodity throughout the world. Laws exist that govern the harvest of wood from our forests. …The FSC is not alone. Several other major programs within North America exist that share these core management values, but each with their own unique view on responsible forest management.

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Reaction to Seeley Lake forest plan ruling voiced

KPAX-TV
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA- A project in the Seeley Lake Ranger District that has stirred some controversy has at least temporarily been delayed by a Federal District Court Judge Donald Molloy. Several environmental groups, who filed a lawsuit to stop the Colt Summit Project, claim the ruling by was a victory, but a coalition in favor of the work claims it’s a win for them. “There are those in the past that just worried about the trout habitat, for example. And, others who wanted wilderness components and other who said we need some logs for the saw mill. And, all those folks came together and figured out how to do this in a collaborative way,” Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss told us.

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20 months after tornadoes hit Flagstaff area, loggers still cleaning up acres of damaged trees

Associated Press
June 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — It’s been 20 months since two tornadoes touched down in northern Arizona, but the damage still is being cleaned up.  Loggers are salvaging some 4,200 acres of trees where the tornadoes hit on Oct. 6, 2010. Some trees were uprooted, others broken off 30 feet above the ground, still others left leaning. …Arizona State Forestry and the Forest Service are hoping the loggers will get to the trees before beetles can.  Noel Carter and Ken Wicht, of High Country Timber, figure they’ll take 900 truckloads of wood out of the area starting in July and working through the winter if possible.

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US Forest Service mobilizes more air tankers to assist with wildfire suppression

Lake County News
June 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service reported Sunday that it’s taking actions to continue to maintain adequate air tanker capability by mobilizing four Department of Defense C-130s equipped with Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in Colorado and elsewhere in the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest.  MAFFS are portable fire retardant delivery systems that can be inserted into military C-130 aircraft to convert them into large airtankers when needed. 

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Antelope Fire grows to 462 acres

Helena Independent Record
June 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BUTTE — Three fires near Butte had responders scrambling to allocate resources to fight the blazes Sunday evening. In total, more than 80 responders, three fire engines, two helicopters, and one fixed-wing plane were in use Sunday evening as winds fanned flames near Whitehall, Pony and Delmoe Lake.

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Loggers vs. bugs in race for wood

The Detroit News
June 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Less than two weeks after a wildfire finished ravaging 21,000 acres of forestland in the remote eastern Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is fast-tracking timber sales for nearly 10,000 acres of charred pine trees. State forestry officials are expediting access for logging companies so the wood can be salvaged for use as utility poles and dimensional lumber, DNR state forester Bill O’Neill said. … “We’re kind of racing against the beetle to see who gets there first,” O’Neill told The Detroit News.

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Chimp champ Goodall crusades against deforestation

The Associated Press
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

RIO DE JANEIRO — Even in the veritable tower of Babel that is the United Nations’ largest-ever conference, it’s safe to assume that Jane Goodall was the only one speaking chimpanzee. …Goodall, a Cambridge University-trained ethnologist who’s among the top advocates for the chimps she has studied for more than half a century, spoke movingly of the deforestation that has encroached on Tanzania’s Gombe National Park, where she began studying chimps. The chimpanzee population of equatorial Africa once numbered in the millions, but deforestation and other threats have slashed their numbers to an estimated 170,000-300,000, making the chimp an endangered species.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

RWE’s Tilbury biomass plant restarts after fire

Reuters
June 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Germany’s RWE said its biomass power plant at Tilbury resumed exporting electricity to the British energy grid on Thursday for the first time since a fire ripped through the site in February. “Everyone on site has been working hard to get the station up and running following the fire in February and the first of the station’s three units has now been returned to service,” it said in a statement. The two other units at the plant near London are not expected back until at least the end of July, it said, due to continuing refit work.

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General

Tacoma pulp mill seen as environmental model

June 25, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

From the outside, Simpson Tacoma Kraft’s Tideflats pulp mill with its industrial age profile, outsized machinery and roaring boilers seems an unlikely place to find the latest in environmentally friendly technology. But the pulp mill’s pioneering renewable energy plant is significant enough to attract the federal Department of Energy’s number two executive for a personal tour on Thursday. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman came to Tacoma specifically to view Simpson’s 3-year-old green energy generation plant.

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