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Minister of Forests says reason for Peace Valley closure is not due to impacts of Bill-22

By Scott Brooks
Energetic City
June 13, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Employees were given the notice on Thursday morning that the Peace Valley OSB Plant will be closing this summer. While the opposition is putting the blame on the new Forest Amendment Act, Bill-22, Minister of Forests, Doug Donaldson, says this is not the case for the closure of Peace Valley. “There’s no proposal that’s come to me or no announcement by the company with the intention to sell this tenure that they have. So, I don’t see any impact of Bill-22 on this particular indefinite closure.” According to Donaldson, the reason for this closure is due to changes in the market and the environment, particularly the effects of the pine beetle invasion. Donaldson says his Ministry knew that the constriction on fibre supply was coming and that the Government has taken steps to address the issue in the last 22 months.

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