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Hundreds of kilometres of trees being slashed and burned for megaenergy projects

A slash pile on Highway 37.

CBC has learned that huge swaths of trees are being burned to make way for energy megaprojects. In the Peace, foresters are complaining about trees being slashed and burned for the oil and gas industry.

Sharon Glover is the CEO of the Association of B.C. Foresters. She told Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener no one even knows how much wood is being burned.

We also heard from Fort Nelson First Nation band councillor and former chief Kathi Dickie. She says there are more logs being removed by the oil and gas industry than were ever taken by the forest industry. You can hear both those interviews below.

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The issue is not just in the northeast. In the northwest contractors are clearing the way for the Northwest Transmission Line. To do so, hundreds of kilometres of trees are being cut and burned in slash piles from Terrace to Bob Quinn. To explain why, Betsy Trumpener spoke to B.C. Hydro's Lesley Wood, who says the disposal of wood is up to the contractors.

Independent MLA Bob Simpson says the burning is disturbing, and a "misuse of a public resource", especially given the challenges facing the forest industry.

We also heard from Sharon Glover, CEO of B.C. Professional Foresters who says the burning of vast amounts of timber is a major problem, and that she suspects some of the wood being burned could be sold or used for bioenergy projects.

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