Forestry policy under fire following announcement of PG Pulp Mill shutdown

By Caden Fanshaw
CKPG TV Prince George
January 16, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pat Bell

PRINCE GEORGE – In the last 15 months, four pulp mills in BC have shuttered as a result of a lack of fibre, a figure even worse than projected by forestry economists. Record-breaking forest fires, a mountain pine beetle epidemic, and an environmental push to restrict and safe parts of BC’s forests for caribou all factors in a consistent decline in available fibre for mills. With the fibre that is left, critics argue there is still a lot that can be done. Former BC Minister of Forests Pat Bell argued the province can still find a way for Canfor to reverse their decision on PG Pulp Mill operations but they must act fast. “The disappointing part of this is it didn’t have to happen,” said Bell. Bell said during his time as BC’s Minister of Forests, he successfully restarted multiple pulp mills, including the one in Mackenzie, which shuttered in 2008 before being restarted. [END]

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