To the Editor:
A few days ago we read that Bruce Chapman of Northern Pulp leads us to believe he has started some new process regarding the work Northern Pulp is expected to do after his receipt of the instructions from the Province last April. He makes no reference as to what he proposes to do with partially cleaned up waste water nor any reference as to what is proposed to be done with the air pollution that has wrought so much objectionable particles and odour over the surrounding communities. He can’t “pause” the EA process — he can only ignore the instructions at his peril. He well knows what the community expects.
This break from feeding his mill has shown that the sale of raw wood continues without the pulp mill. Port Hawkesbury paper mill is taking raw pulpwood and wood for the NSP generation plant, thus resulting in the need to import these from out of province.
At least one of the old sawmills is now running a sawmill that makes efficient use of small diameter logs/studwood. The mills that were burning mill waste to generate electric power for own use and for sale to NSP are operating as before the pulp mill closure.
Shaw Resources, an N.S. manufacturer of fuel wood pellets, were short of raw wood and thus expanded a Shaw plant in N.B. to meet order demand. Hopefully they can now run the N.S. plant at full capacity.
The OSB sheet plant at Miramichi is buying poplar from N.S. (and perhaps more). Some fuel wood has been trucked to N.B.
J. D. Irving have continued to export raw wood to N.B. sawmills and the N.B. paper mill continues to operate. The JDI mill at St. John made far less pollution than did NPNS and have been working to further reduce emissions over the past months.
Here in N.S. many have purchased new bandsaw mills during 2020, including ourselves. Our new mill will be a primary saw and it feeds into a secondary edger and a resaw mill. Our sawdust has been pre-sold as a soil conditioner and as building insulation (as has been done in the EU). The former returns carbon to the soil while the later stores carbon as does all wood building lumber.
We will only accept select cut logs from sustainably managed forest lots. Many small diameter trees are to be left to grow into a mixed forest for the next generations while storing carbon every growing season.
If suddenly the provincial government decided to properly manage Crown forests there would be more forest management work and almost NO clearcutting. Climate change will slow the growth of most conifers while most leaf bearing species will do somewhat better.
D. G. Wilson