News and Views from Millwatch

Harper’s War on Science

BY: JOYCE NELSON Canada’s Information Commissioner, Suzanne Legault, agreed at the end of March to launch an investigation into the extensive muzzling of federally-funded scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Environment Canada, Natural Resources...

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High Voltage

What do Canada’s National Energy Plan, smart meters, Site C, IPPs, nuclear energy in the tar sands, and BC’s high voltage Northwest Transmission Line have in common? The plans for renewable energy high voltage transmission have been spun over the decades, but now...

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BC’s Bio Boondoggle

The BC Bioenergy Strategy is based on hard-to-pin down and diverse guesstimates of wood volumes, supply forecasts, conversion factors. Hundreds of millions of public dollars have been committed to increasing the use of forest-based biomass for electricity, heat, and...

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Turning Forests Into Fuel

The federal government has been shovelling your money off the back of a truck, one billion dollars worth, to the pulp and paper industry, mostly to help them burn “biomass” for energy. But there’s not much green about the Green Transformation Fund. BY: ROB WILTZEN A...

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Re-Inventing Pulp Mills

The Watershed Sentinel features several articles related to energy.  These same articles relate to the fate of the forests.  The connection is the new bio-energy craze sweeping the industry.  In British Columbia, there are a number of pulp mills that are turning to a...

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Anaerobic Digestion – Deja Vu Deja Vu

Since the early 1990s, pulp mills in British Columbia have disposed of sludge, a waste by-product produced in the pulp process, by incineration in the power boiler. The practice has been criticized because it generates no useable energy, hinders combustion of other...

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Ten Years of Forgiving Kamloops Emissions

In October, the Ministry of Environment announced that they were giving Domtar a 3 year extension to reduce their emissions at their Kamloops pulp mill. Domtar had applied for the second extension to postpone the improvements that were originally scheduled for the end...

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