Weekend rainstorm taxes resource industry operations

Posted by Rumin Mann
July 14th, 2011

Wild weather in the province’s northern Interior has hit the region’s resource industries, leaving the land too wet to support logging in some cases, and washing out roads to gas drilling operations, logging cutblocks, one mine and a wind farm.

Loggers are reporting they are unable to get to their operations because of road washouts and both the Willow Creek coal mine and Dokie Ridge wind farm near Tumbler Ridge are down because of washouts on Highway 97, the ministry of forests, lands and natural resource operations reported Monday.

It’s not just last weekend’s storm that has knocked out operations but the accumulated effect of a wetter-than-normal spring that is straining northern industries.

The province’s largest sawmilling companies, West Fraser Timber and Canfor Corp., both report their log inventories are low, down to a matter of days in many cases.

“We are going day-to-day,” Rodger Hutchinson, corporate comptroller at West Fraser Timber, said in an interview. “Our foresters are working very hard to get the wood into the mills, but it’s a day-to-day thing.”

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