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BC Hydro burns hundreds of thousands of trees along Northwest Transmission Line (The Vancouver Sun)

Loggers say poor quality of material and distance to mills reduce market for timber

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun

BC Hydro is burning most of the timber it is cutting along the 340-kilometre-long route of its Northwest Transmission Line north of Terrace, saying the quality of the wood and sheer remoteness of the project make it uneconomic to salvage.

Hydro has warned residents along the route to expect smokey and hazy skies as contractors burn hundreds of thousands of trees — almost all of the estimated 490,000 cubic metres of wood that is now being cleared along the right-of-way for the $404 million project.

Ironically, one of the environmental arguments Hydro makes for the new line is that electrification will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in northwestern B.C.

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