2008-12-17

B.C. denies selling cheap wood a violation of softwood deal

B.C. officials deny a claim from an American lumber lobby group that the province is breaking the softwood lumber deal by selling U.S. customers cheap wood from timber killed in the pine beetle epidemic.

The U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports said the lumber is being sold for as little as 25 cents per cubic metre compared to regular prices that can be as much as 20 dollars a cubic metre.

Coalition spokesman Steve Swanson said Tuesday that while the entire North American forest industry is struggling during a worldwide economic crisis, British Columbia is virtually giving away its taxpayer-supported natural resource.