Category Archives: Biomass

Poll indicates strong support for restrictions on clearcutting in Nova Scotia

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Authors comment on Nova Scotia forestry

Op-eds by two recognized authors of works related to forests and forestry are featured in the CH today: ‘Best management practices’ an insult by Mike Parker; and Spending our forest capital by Gary L Saunders. Parker’s “Show us the Science” … Continue reading

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Council of Canadians asks: Is Biomass Energy Sustainable?

The Council of Canadians is sponsoring a panel discussion of a “Clear Cut Question”: Is Biomass Energy Sustainable? Panelists are Bob Bancroft, Richard Pearson and Mary Jane Rodgers. The discussion takes place Friday, November 18, 2016. 7-9 pm at the … Continue reading

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Anti-biomass petition tabled in Nova Scotia Legislature

The petition to stop using forest biomass for electrical power generation launched by St. Margaret’s Bay resident Helga Guderley in late February garnered over 25,000 signatures within 10 days, but could not be submitted to the Nova Scotia Legislature which … Continue reading

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Low oil prices and downturn in the European market affect Scotia Atlantic Biomass debt payment

“Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company announced it has received a Demand Notice from Cornwall Investments in the amount of CAD 6.35 million. According to the announcement, the company also received from Cornwall, a Notice of Intention to Enforce Security under Rule … Continue reading

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Progress Report did not highlight key priorities in NSDNR Business Plan

It’s curious (and concerning) that the recently released Progress Report on the 2011-2020 Natural Resources Strategy and the related Press Release dwell on feel-good items such as the Community Forest, establishing a Forest Biodiversity Science Advisory Committee and a new … Continue reading

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“No buyer for idle pellet plant in Middle Musquodoboit”

“Vancouver-based Viridis Energy owns the plant through its subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company Limited, and in July decided it was no longer worth operating…But the wood pellet industry as a whole is hurting. The long-anticipated European growth in demand for … Continue reading

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Oh Dear, “Europe Aims to Close Loophole on Wood Energy”

WWW.climatecentral.org reports that “European officials are moving to close a loophole that promotes the burning of wood for electricity by an industry that’s felling American trees, and a new report they commissioned has laid bare the urgent need for reform.” … Continue reading

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All is well, apparently, with Forest Biomass & Forest Harvesting in NS

NS Energy Minister Michel Samson reassured Peter Ritchie recently that “We recognize that the science around forest biomass carbon accounting is evolving” and that “harvest of primary forest products for all uses from Nova Scotia… remains within sustainable harvesting levels” … Continue reading

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Lumber co. forced to burn logs for NS Power

A Nova Scotia lumber founded in 1866 is in trouble with the cause related to the province’s ill-thought-out biomass-for-electricity programs. “Former Hefler Forest Products employee Stephen Peter Thurston blames the biomass plant for the company’s financial woes….They were able to … Continue reading

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