When living trees are used to make wood pellets instead of wood-mill leftovers, wood pellets are no longer carbon neutral, says a U.S. environmental advocate.
An environmental advocate says the wood pellet industry is damaging ecosystems in the United States and wants emerging jurisdictions like the Northwest Territories to proceed cautiously.
Sasha Stashwick, a senior advocate with the Natural Resource Defense Council in New York City, said the international demand for wood pellets is growing dramatically, and weak regulations allowed clear-cutting in the southeast United States.
She said when living trees are used to make wood pellets, instead of wood-mill leftovers, wood pellets are no longer carbon neutral — one of the reasons the N.W.T. government decided to promote the product as a replacement for fossil fuels.