The Economic Development Agreement with the Red Bluff Indian Band paves the way for new pellet plant in Quesnel, announced Minister of Forests and Range Pat Bell today.
"Now that the site for the pellet plant has been selected, Red Bluff, working with National Choice Bio Fuels, can start construction and hiring workers," said Bell. "Today's groundbreaking shows how First Nations, government, and industry can work together to create new jobs and green energy, while improving the utilization of our forest resource."
The Province signed an Economic Development Agreement with the Red Bluff Indian Band in November 2009. The Red Bluff Band, which is also known as Lhtako Dene Nation, partnered with National Choice Bio Fuels Industries Ltd. to form Lhtako Energy Corp. Scheduled to open in spring 2011, the pellet plant will process low-grade, mountain pine beetle-killed timber into wood pellets, a renewable source of bio-energy.