Canadian Biomass Magazine

PacBio speaks out against burning slash piles in BC

April 5, 2019
By Maria Church

April 5, 2019 - Prince George, B.C., pellet producer Pacific BioEnergy (PacBio) is voicing concerns about provincial policies that result in the burning of slash piles – fibre that could otherwise be used to produce pellets. 

“We want to put it to productive use,” PacBio president John Stirling told the Prince George Citizen. “The idea that we don’t have to burn things into the airshed, we can mitigate the risk of forest fire, and take that forest residual in as a product we can make use of, products we can sell into Japan where we are offsetting nuclear and coal emissions, what could be better?”

But the current harvesting system makes it unaffordable for forest licensees to harvest the slash for pellet producers. 

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