2011-08-15

U.S. softwood challenge 'frivolous'

B.C.'s former former forestry minister says the complaint against B.C. softwood lumber producers filed by U.S. forestry companies is "frivolous."

The U.S. submission was filed with the London Court of International Arbitration in January after consultations last fall failed to result in a resolution.

The claim suggests B.C. trees destroyed by the pine beetle have been turned into logs or lumber — at low provincial government cutting fees — and shipped to the U.S. market, giving B.C. mills an unfair advantage in softwood sales.