The film Burned that is making the rounds in NS and elsewhere is NOT about forest bioenergy facilities for which most of the feedstocks are genuine wood processing wastes. It’s about forest bioenergy facilities for which most of the feedstocks are from clearcuts and are wreaking havoc upon forest biodiversity and forests’ storage of carbon. What’s the case in Nova Scotia?
UPDATE Apr 18, 2019: more reasons for a proper accounting:
– Forest Confidential
Linda Pannozzo in the Halifax Examiner (Subscriptton required, $10/mo, for access to full article) “AN INVESTIGATION INTO NOVA SCOTIA’S BIOMASS HARVEST DATA AND HOW THE NUMBERS AREN’T ADDING UP”
Apr 13, 2019
In a response to a recent letter from a Nova Scotian expressing concern about trees being cut to feed forest bioenergy facilities, L&F Minister Rankin borrowed a line from the Feds (“Most forest biomass being used for bioenergy in Canada is produced from waste or residues from manufacturing processes”).
From the letter (to the Premier):
The biomass industry claims that biomass is sourced from waste wood, that is not commercially valuable, but the evidence on the ground has proven otherwise. As a long time rural resident, I see and hear what has been happening, 24/7 for years. As rural residents, we are on the front lines of this industry.
From Minister Rankin’s reply (bolding mine):
Most of the material used in the province in cogeneration facilities such as the Nova Scotia Power plant in Port Hawkesbury and the Emera plant in Brooklyn is waste product from sawmills and paper mills in the form of bark, sawdust, etc., with only a small amount coming directly from forestry operations.
Read the extended correspondence below.