2012-05-27

Beetle-killed trees blamed in B.C. mill explosions

The mountain pine beetle epidemic worrying Montana’s timber industry has literally turned explosive in Canada.

Extra-dry sawdust from milling beetle-killed logs is the prime suspect in two fatal British Columbia sawmill explosions this year.

Mills there now face whopping insurance rate increases, prompting at least one closure last month. And that’s on top of B.C. governmental predictions that beetle-killed timber may soon become unharvestable, eliminating upward of 14,000 jobs in the next five years.