VANCOUVER, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - On September 26, 2007, the United Steelworkers
issued press releases, distributed a video and communicated with federal and
provincial regulatory bodies raising concerns about TimberWest's current
logging practices on Vancouver Island and calling for a regulatory audit. The
United Steelworkers also sent representatives to SFI Inc.'s meeting in Salt
Lake City, Utah to provide the same information and express the same concerns,
seeking a review by SFI of its certification of TimberWest's forestry
These concerns were based on the United Steelworkers' understanding the
trees were being felled into a mature and permanent body of water it described
as "a lake".
The United Steelworkers have learned that the body of water in question
is not mature and permanent but the result of obstruction of a stream which
causes the formation of the body of water depicted. That body of water has now
drained so that the area shown in the video is now a grassy area, drained by
one or more small streams.
The United Steelworkers apologizes for and sincerely regrets any
statement or inference drawn from its statements to the effect that the body
of water in question was mature and permanent so that any regulations or
forestry practice requirements governing logging near mature and permanent
bodies of water, other than streams, would apply and were being contravened.
For further information:
For further information: Steve Hunt, (604) 683-1117