EcoRoads Welcomes Alberta Sustainable Resource Development Directive - Allowing Wood Fibre Use for Roads and Work Pads on Crown Land



    CALGARY, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - EcoRoads Ltd. (EcoRoads) is pleased to announce
that an Information Letter clarifying the use of wood fibre as an acceptable
material for the construction of roads and work pads has been issued by
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development Ministry (SRD). The letter states
that wood fibre is now acknowledged by the Department as a feasible temporary
access product/technique, as is mats. Being a new technology SRD will study
wood fibre installations to further understand its viability and its impact on
the environment. SRD will review the use of wood fibre technologies for the
next five years. Authority to use wood fibre installations on Crown land will
be administered in the same manner as other temporary access technologies
through conditions attached to the authorizing Disposition (LOC, EZE, MSL, and
others).
    EcoRoads' patented technology produces a wood fibre known as Engineered
Road Wood Fibre (ERWF). It is 100% natural and typically produced from nearby
sources of waste wood, often top piles from logging operations. ERWF forms a
stable, lightweight, permeable, load bearing platform on soft soil and muskeg
that is capable of supporting extremely heavy loads. EcoRoads' technology
minimizes and can even eliminate disturbance of the natural soil profile when
installed over stumps. EcoRoads' installations significantly reduce
reclamation costs and will readily achieve the new (2007) standard for
reclamation of wellsite infrastructure.
    The Information Letter can be viewed at the following link:
http://www.srd.gov.ab.ca/lands/formspublications/usingpublicland/pdf/Drivable_
Wood_Fibre_Surfaces.pdf

    Commenting on the Information Letter, EcoRoads CEO Richard Seto

    "New Departmental Policy will now make it much quicker and easier for our
clients to secure Crown authority and use more cost effective/eco-friendly
technologies to access their work sites, year round and during any weather
condition."
    "Our technology can substantially reduce our Client's "environmental
footprint"; including narrower access right of ways, virtually zero site
degradation, quicker "green-up" and significant reclamation cost savings,
    "The fibre we use for our product has the identical organic chemistry as
that applied to Crown land in most mulching operations and ERWF contains much
less bark that any remote chipping operation. We just figured out a way - to
turn it (waste wood) into access roads..................."





For further information:

For further information: EcoRoads Ltd, (403) 705-5353, Richard Seto

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