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MLA John Rustad defends mass burning of timber for energy projects

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This map shows the Northwest Transmission Line being built from the Skeena Substation, near Terrace, to a soon to be built substation at Bob Quinn Lake. (BC Hydro)
This week, CBC and Daybreak reported that a 340 kilometre swath of  of B.C. trees are being cut and burned to make way for the Northwest Transmission Line. B.C. Hydro told us contracters may sell some of the wood,but shipping the rest of it to mills or biofuel plants isn't economical, so it's being burned as slash.

This happens as the government's been warning that B.C.'s timber supply is in trouble and jobs could be lost.  Liberal MLA John Rustad chaired B.C.'s Timber Supply Committee. He spoke with Leisha Grebinski about the issue.

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