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Beetles suspected in burning down two Canadian sawmills

30 Apr

A large fire burns down the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George, B.C., on Tuesday April 24, 2012.

[EF! Newswire note: Seems fishy that industrial logging, climate change and corporate greed is not to blame for destroying its own mills and killing its own employees… In any case, there’s two less mills in the world. For now, we say bravo to the beetle.]

According  to Sympatico.ca News:

A tiny insect that has been devouring trees across British Columbia has emerged as the prime suspect in last Monday’s devastating explosion at a Prince George sawmill that killed two workers and left nine others in critical condition.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fatal blast, but lumber industry and union leaders said the government needs to take a closer look at the consequences of sawing wood ravaged by mountain pine beetles.

A beetle infestation makes timber very dry and brittle. When milled, the wood leaves behind a fine, highly combustible dust.

The explosion at Lakeland comes three months after a similar incident decimated Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, killing two other people Continue reading