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Residents against wood pellet export

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington residents gathered Downtown to speak out against a wood pellet export facility in Wilmington.

The North Carolina State Ports Authority and Enviva are building a facility that will export wood pellets from three Enviva plants across the Carolinas.

Residents say this would negatively impact forests and the climate and that it is important for people to understand the environmental consequences of the wood pellet plants. They hope to encourage more sustainable energy sources.

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Sigh ...

Another story that says nothing.

Where was the meeting was held, who sponsored it, how many people were there, who were these residents, specifically why some people are against this (instead of filming one just person saying it's bad), who Eviva is (are they new or have they already been here for a while, etc.), what are wood pellets (used for what, where are they exporting to, are they already being exported in some other way, why are they unsustainable unlike so many other wood products) ....

Aren't any of these things worth at least finding out about? As news people, aren't you even curious?

Our Forests As Fuel

Ok, here's the brass tax. Enviva is the #1 wood pellet producer in North Carolina, they don't care what the sorce of their wood is, hire loggers to do their dirty work, chop down whole swaths of forests, grind them into pellets, truck the pellets to ports such as Wilmington, then ship it out to Europe, finally the pellets are burned to power European electric power plants. So, acres and acres of trees are ravaged from us to keep Europeans lights on for a bit!
This is why the group of about 50 Wilmingtonians, mentioned in this article, met for a public hearing in Wilmington, on July 1st at 7pm, at WHQR Mc Enry Gallery downtown Front Street. The event was sponsored by Dogwood Alliance. Their website is:
www.dogwoodalliance.org
Several guest speakers were at the event concerned about our forests and the health and safety of the Wilmington community. Enviva LLP is based in Ahoskie, NC. Their website is:
www.envivabiomass.com
Enviva is fairly new to the port city, although they have sealed a deal with the Wilmington Port Authority to ship their wood pellets to Europe. Now, wood pellets or biomass can be green and renewable, but only if these corporations have policies in place to protect our forests, such as a No Whole Trees policy, or a Cut A Tree,Plant A Tree policy. Enviva has none of these green policies in place, and has mills in NC & VA that cause noise pollution thru tree grinding waking people up at odd hours of the night. Their mills pump sawdust into the air making it hard for people with breathing disorders such as COPD or Bronchitis, because they're coughing and their sinuses are acting up. Enviva's logging trucks pump smog into the air, and ranger Scott Ludlun at The Halifax County Forest Service said "Enviva is responsible for clearcutting acres of trees along the Roanoke River, some are bottomland hardwwods, and some were once 100 feet tall."
Video Evidence of Enviva's shameful logging practices can be seen in this video called "Wetlands: Up In Smoke": www.dogwoodalliance.org/campaigns/bioenergy/bioenergy-videos/
Also, here are some links to other helpful articles that were posted in the WilmingtonBiz. I want you to see both sides of the issue so that you can make your own educated decision.

One article in support of Enviva's clearcutting:
http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/maritime/2014/08/01/opinion_wood_pellet_ind...

One article against Enviva's clearcutting:
http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/more_news/2014/07/28/opinion_proposed_port_...

If you have any further questions call:

Adam Macon
Campaign Director
Dogwood Alliance
828 251 2525 (office)
828 713 0047 (cell)

or call

Morgan Pitts
Public Relations & Communications Manager
Enviva
+1 (240) 482 3826
cell (301) 892 1686

Hope this helps,
Jonathan

You mean four sentences

You mean four sentences isn't substantial reporting to you?

Sustainable?

Why are wood pellets not sustainable? Trees grow, they are harvested, made into pellets, the land is replanted, and trees grow again. That sounds like a very sustainable source of fuel.

Build a bigger facility and export even more. Wood pellets = jobs!

Enviva Lies

Here is a better perspective on the hearing that took place in downtown Wilmington:
http://www.dogwoodalliance.org/2014/07/north-carolinians-hold-their-own-...
Enviva is not content in using southern pine plantations as their source for trees to wood pellets. In their greed, they are going after our natural forests, where we hike, camp, and fish! They pellet our trees, then ship them out to Europe's power plants, so that Europeans can keep their lights on. They do this, because according to Enviva's website at:
http://www.envivabiomass.com/biomass-products/enviva-wood-chips/
They view our natural forests as "waste" and "debris". Those words mean trash. Our forests are not Trash!
Don't take my word for it. Do your own research. Call Halifax County forest ranger Scott Ludlun at (252) 442-1626 ext.228 ask what Enviva has been doing, ask about the acres and acres of bottomland hardwoods that were clearcut from the Roanoke River.
Watch this video:
http://www.dogwoodalliance.org/campaigns/bioenergy/bioenergy-videos/

For our forests,
Jonathan