Tuesday, September 29, 2015

[biofuelwatch] Historic legal case for the Leuser Ecosystem's Tripa Peat Swamps finally won against palm oil company PT Kallista Alam





http://www.orangutans-sos.org/news/529_ground-breaking-legal-win-for-sumatra-s-forests


Ground breaking legal win for Sumatra's forests

16 September 2015

PRESS RELEASE

From the Coalition Team for the Protection of the Tripa Peat Swamps (TKPRT)

Historic legal case for the Leuser Ecosystem's Tripa Peat Swamps finally won against palm oil company PT Kallista Alam

 After a 3 year campaign to bring the company to justice, Indonesia's supreme court in Jakarta finally brought an end to the historic case against palm oil company PT Kallista Alam by rejecting its appeal. The rejection upholds an earlier decision by the National Court in Meulaboh, Aceh, on 8th January 2014, in a case brought against the company by Indonesia's then Ministry of the Environment, ordering the company to pay IDR 366 billion (approximately USD26 million) for illegally burning forests within the Tripa Peat Swamps, part of the protected Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia

On 27th November 2012, PT Kallista Alam was first charged by the Ministry of the Environment in the National Court in Meulaboh, Aceh, with illegally burning forests within the Tripa Peat Swamps. The judge found the company guilty in January 2014 and ordered the company to pay IDR 114.3 billion as compensation to the state and to spend IDR 251.7 billion on fully restoring the affected forests back to their original condition. According to the Senior Judge in Meulaboh, Rahmawati SH, PT Kallista Alam was found in breach of National Law No 32/2009 on Environmental Protection and Management, for illegal use of fire to clear forests. The court also confiscated 57 km2 of PT Kallista Alam concession land in Tripa in lieu of payment and for each day payment is not forthcoming ordered the company to pay an additional Rp. 5,000,000 (approx. USD 400).


Appeals rejected.


The Meulaboh court's decision was appealed by the company at the High Court in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh (appeal lodged May 14th 2014), but that appeal was rejected on 15th August 2014, prompting the company to lodge a second and final appeal on 6th October 2014 with Indonesia's Supreme Court in Jakarta. Finally, on 28th August the supreme court rejected the appeal, ordering PT Kallista Alam to now face the penalty imposed by the earlier ruling.

The rejection of the appeal effectively brings to an end the lengthy civil legal case first lodged on 27th November 2012 in Meulaboh, but it has additional ramifications too. In parallel criminal cases against the company's Director and Development Manager, prison terms were handed out on 15th July 2014 of 8 months and 3-years respectively, as well as additional fines. Implementation of these sentences is believed to have been pending the appeal of the civil case with the Supreme Court, and presumably must now be enforced with the recent rejection of that appeal.


International outcry


PT Kallista Alam, first came to international attention in August 2011, when the former Governor of Aceh Province, Irwandi Yusuf, issued a new 1,605ha oil palm concession permit to the company in the Tripa peat swamp forests within the legally protected Leuser Ecosystem, sparking an international outcry. Acehnese environmentalists immediately sued the Governor and the company over the illegal permit, finally achieving its cancellation on 27th September 2012. In the meantime, huge fires ravaged Tripa's peat swamp forests, within plantation concessions held not only by PT Kallista Alam but also a number of other companies too. As a result of these fires, Tripa was once again thrust into the international spotlight and a number of new legal cases were brought against the companies by Indonesia's Ministry of Environment.

Tripa is part of the 2.6 million ha protected Leuser Ecosystem, the only place in the world were Sumatran orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos can be found living side by side. The Leuser Ecosystem was also listed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in November 2013 as one of the 'World's Most Irreplaceable Protected Areas' in an article in the journal Science. Tripa is especially important for its orangutans, since it harbours among the highest orangutan densities in the world. The peat swamps also sequester huge amounts of carbon, which is released into the atmosphere when the forests and peat are cleared and burned, fuelling global climate change.


Due to the global significance of the area concerned, over 1.5 million people signed online petitions calling for greater protection of Aceh's unique and extremely important forests. These petitions were further supported by some of the world's leading scientists and conservation experts, who wrote to Aceh's current Governor, Zaini Abdullah, urging him to nominate the Leuser Ecosystem as a World Heritage Site, due to its unique and irreplaceable biodiversity.


Rudi Putra, a leading Acehnese conservationist and Founder of the Leuser Conservation Forum (FKL) explained, "The campaign behind this successful case has involved multiple NGOs and communities working together and never letting up the pressure over 3 years. This win would never have been possible without the national and international public support the case has had from people who wouldn't accept this heinous destruction, who have monitored the legal process from the start and who have kept up the pressure for a just and transparent result. We want to thank everyone who made this positive and extremely welcome final decision possible."

T.M Zulfikar, who brought the first legal challenge against Kallista Alam's illegal permit and now represents the Indonesian NGO Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari noted, "It has taken 3 long years but we are overjoyed to finally see PT Kallista Alam held to account for its wanton destruction of the Tripa Peat Swamp forests. No financial penalty can ever make up for the devastation and terrible loss of biodiversity caused by the company but we applaud the supreme court for holding it accountable for its actions. The initial ruling in Meulaboh, and now the supreme court's rejection of the appeal, should send a strong warning to other companies that illegal clearing of forests in the protected Leuser Ecosystem will not be tolerated. We will also be monitoring closely what happens next to ensure the fines and reparations are indeed paid and carried out in full, including the restoration of the affected concession to its former condition."


Kamaruddin, a lawyer working with communities in the Tripa region reiterated, "This decision should serve as a wake up call to any company thinking of investing within the Leuser Ecosystem, a National Strategic Area, that they could suffer the same fate as PT Kallista Alam. It should be a reminder to others as well, who deliberately burn forests or allow forest burning within their concessions, that they could also be prosecuted, regardless of whether or not they are working inside the Leuser Ecosystem's boundaries. The Judge's decision in this case clearly illustrates a move towards improved law enforcement against environmental offenders in the region", he added.


Dr Ian Singleton, Director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, highlighted the critical importance of the area, "Tripa is one of only 3 remaining peat swamp forests left containing orangutans in Sumatra and it's impossible to overstate the importance of protecting every last hectare of each of them. Orangutan densities can reach as high as 8 per square kilometer in these areas, compared to an average of around only 1 or 2 per square kilometer in dryland forests. These peat swamps have justifiably been referred to as the 'orangutan capital of the world'. The Leuser Ecosystem too, offers the only real hope of survival for Sumatra's other key iconic megafauna, the Sumatran tiger, rhino and elephant, as well as its orangutans. Yesterday's ruling is of course extremely welcome, but the level of interest in Tripa and the Leuser Ecosystem worldwide shows clearly just how seriously concerned the international community is right now about the fate of these forests and their globally important biodiversity", he emphasised.


Farwiza Farhan of Forest, Nature and Environment Aceh (HAkA) stressed, "Whilst of course we welcome this historic ruling we need to remain extremely vigilant. Aceh's unique forests and the globally important Leuser Ecosystem are still under immense threat due to the province's spatial land use plan, which even more than 18 months after it was ratified by Aceh's Provincial Government, is still rejected by Indonesia's National Government due to numerous legal infringements. The plan makes no mention whatsoever of the existence of the Leuser Ecosystem National Strategic Area, it effectively legalizes numerous illegal roads, many of which have already been cut through the forests, and it opens up vast areas for potential new, timber, mining and plantation concessions. Despite the win against PT Kallista Alam in Tripa, we still have a much more desperate and urgent fight ahead of us to protect Aceh's forests and people from another, major, and totally avoidable emerging disaster."




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Monday, September 28, 2015

[biofuelwatch] Activists arrested at GMO tree company headquarters





Arborgen aims to provide wood for bioenergy…
http://globaljusticeecology.org/activists-arrested-at-genetic-engineering-world-headquarters-of-arborgen/

Attempt made to inform ArborGen of quarter of a million petition signers rejecting GE Trees
Ridgeville, SC (28 September 2015) — A plan by activists to inform Andrew Baum, President and CEO of ArborGen that over 250,000 people signed letters and petitions [1] rejecting Genetically Engineered (GE) Trees was interrupted when police arrested the two people who intended to deliver that message. 
Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project and Coordinator of the international Campaign to Stop Genetically Engineered Trees Campaign, Anne Petermann, and Global Justice Ecology Project's GE Tree Campaign organizer, Ruddy Turnstone were stopped by police and arrested.
The letters and petitions rejecting GE Trees and international protests mark a growing concern about the dangers of GE Trees and the threats they pose to the environment. ArborGen is developing genetically engineered loblolly pine trees with no public input, no risk assessments and no method for the public to receive information about ArborGen's activities.
Outside of ArborGen facilities, demonstrators did a guerilla theater skit demanding that ArborGen "Tear Down the Wall" of secrecy surrounding the secret information being withheld by ArborGen.
Petermann and Turnstone are to be arraigned at 4 p.m. (eastern US time).

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:
1] in 2015 alone, 269,867 people globally signed petitions rejecting genetically engineered trees:
a) Credo Petition to the USDA calling for rejection of ArborGen's GE loblolly pines signed by 151,806 people: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/GMO_trees
b) Rainforest Rescue Petition rejecting GE eucalyptus trees signed by 101,511 people in 2 months from March 2015 through May 2015

 

c) GE Free New Zealand sign on letter against GE trees in New Zealand signed by 16,550 people in 2 months http://www.stopgetrees.org.nz



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[biofuelwatch] Historic Deforestation Target in UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Requires Real Transformation





http://globalforestcoalition.org/press-release-historic-deforestation-target-in-uns-sustainable-development-goals-requires-real-transformation/

 

PRESS RELEASE: Historic Deforestation Target in UN's Sustainable Development Goals Requires Real Transformation

Friday September 25th, 2015 | Posted in Media releases

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25 September 2015: The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) [1] congratulated the UN on the target to halt deforestation by 2020 [2] in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be adopted at the ongoing Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York. However it warns that it is unlikely that this bold target will be met unless the UN adopts a genuinely transformative sustainable development agenda.


"Governments must start acting now to halt deforestation by 2020 and not race to the bottom to cut down as many forests as they can before the 2020 deadline, business as usual will not do," said Miguel Lovera, regional resource person for Latin America of the GFC.


The SDGs include other aspiring goals like ending global poverty, hunger and gender inequality by 2030, ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, combatting climate change, promoting sustainable agriculture among others [3]. However many social movements have pointed at the inherent contradictions in this post-2015 development agenda, claiming that its emphasis on unlimited economic growth is incompatible with many of its goals and targets.


"One cannot pursue unlimited economic growth on a limited planet," warns Diego Cardona, chair of GFC.

"Only by reducing the consumption and production of commodities like meat and bioenergy, and by rejecting corporate-driven trade liberalization that drives their expansion, can we achieve the economic transformation needed to conserve and restore forests and other ecosystems."


Another key concern is that the SDGs promote monoculture plantations in the name of large-scale "afforestation", which are what activists call "fake forests"[4].


"We reject monoculture plantations which are rapidly expanding in Africa and other continents. They are a false solution to climate change and biodiversity loss. Rather we demand respect for our indigenous knowledge and practices as a cornerstone for climate and conservation resilience [5]," states Hindou Oumarou from Chad, GFC's vice-chair. Indigenous peoples and local communities long standing involvement in forest and biodiversity conservation is not recognized or promoted in the SDGs.


GFC also stresses that gender should be central, but not just in words, "We welcome the fact that women's empowerment has been put central in the SDGs, but gender equality will never be achieved as long as corporations are allowed to exploit the planet's commons for private profit" said Isis Alvarez, gender advisor to GFC and one of the coordinators of the Women's Major Group on Sustainable Development [6], which has played a very active role in the SDG negotiations.


Notes:

[1] Global Forest Coalition is a worldwide coalition of almost 80 NGOs and Indigenous peoples' organizations from 50 different countries striving for rights-based, socially just forest conservation policies.

[2] The target number 15.2 to halt deforestation by 2020 is part of a package of 17 Sustainable Development Goals [3] that will be adopted by 193 member states to set the global development agenda from 2015-2030, and will replace the Millennium Development Goals of 2000 to 2015. The target 15.2 reads, "By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally"

See: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/summit

[3] See all SDG goals, targets and indicators at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html

[4] http://globalforestcoalition.org/real-forests/

[5] The Global Forest Coalition, together with a number of Indigenous Peoples organizations and NGOs, is in the process of carrying out bottom up assessments of community led conservation efforts in communities in at least 20 countries including Samoa, Iran, Uganda, South Africa, Paraguay, Chile among many others.

See: http://globalforestcoalition.org/resources/supporting-community-conservation/

[6] http://www.womenmajorgroup.org




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Friday, September 25, 2015

[biofuelwatch] BBC Reports on Norwich Generation Park Protest





BBC Look East coverage of protest against proposed straw-burning power station in Norwich


Look East - East, 24/09/2015


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

[biofuelwatch] Civil society says NO to “Climate Smart Agriculture” and urges decision-makers to support agroecology





http://www.climatesmartagconcerns.info/cop21-statement.html

 

Don't be fooled!
Civil society says NO to "Climate Smart Agriculture" and urges decision-makers to support agroecology
SEPTEMBER 2015

We, the undersigned, belong to civil society organizations including social movements, peasants/farmers organizations and faith-based organizations from around the world. We are working to tackle the impacts of climate change that are already disrupting farming and food systems and threatening the food and nutrition security of millions of individuals. As we move towards COP21 in Paris, we welcome a growing recognition of the urgent need to adapt food systems to a changing climate, and the key role of agroecology within a food and seed sovereignty framework in achieving this, while contributing to mitigation through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

However, despite these promising signals, we share deep concerns about the growing influence and agenda of so-called "Climate-Smart Agriculture" (CSA) and the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA). Climate change is the biggest and the most urgent threat our societies face. We need a radical transformation of our food systems away from an industrial model and its false solutions, and toward food sovereignty, local food systems, and integral agrarian reform in order to achieve the full realization of the human right to adequate food and nutrition. We therefore urge decision-makers at country and UN levels to reject the dangerous rhetoric of Climate-Smart Agriculture.

Climate Smart Agriculture must not be confused with agroecology

Climate Smart Agriculture must not be confused with agroecology. Agroecology is a holistic approach to agriculture, based on principles of ecology as well as food and nutrition security, food sovereignty and food justice which seek to enhance agricultural systems by using and recycling natural resources instead of relying on externally-purchased inputs. It encourages local/national food production by small food producers and family farmers, and is based on techniques that are not delivered from the top-down, but developed from farmers' traditional knowledge and practices as well as from farmer innovations. This approach is based on farmers' participation and makes nature a powerful ally in ensuring food and nutrition security, building healthy soils and conserving water. It increases farmers' incomes and resilience in the face of climate change, while improving biodiversity and crop diversity. It is therefore crucial for all efforts to realize the human right to adequate food and nutrition. Governments must recognise that industrial approaches that degrade soil health and water retention, pollute water systems, poison nature and create dependency on external inputs, impoverish biodiversity and ecosystems are not only harmful and unnecessary, but also deeply misguided for a planet facing hunger, ecological crises and climate change.

"Climate-Smart Agriculture" may sound promising, but it is a politically-motivated term. The approach does not involve any criteria to define what can or cannot be called "Climate Smart". Agribusiness corporations that promote synthetic fertilisers, industrial meat production and large-scale industrial agriculture – all of which are widely recognised as contributing to climate change and undermining the resilience of farming systems – can and do call themselves "Climate Smart". CSA claims to include all models of agriculture. However it lacks any social or environmental safeguards and fails to prioritize farmers' voices, knowledge and rights as key to facing and mitigating our climate challenges. It therefore actually threatens to undermine agroecological approaches as defined by practitioners, while endangering the future development and upscaling of such approaches.

GACSA : opening doors for greenwashing

The Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture was launched one year ago and is now putting a lot of energy into its outreach campaign, while its Action Groups have started working on their own objectives. As of 20th July, its membership of 21 nations comprised of only ten developing countries and three farmers´ organisations - in contrast with a wide corporate membership. While some organisations from civil society and rural social movements rejected the GACSA from the beginning, others have made repeated efforts to engage with it to reduce the threat of green-washing and false solutions. In spite of these efforts, the concerns expressed were largely ignored, as recently recognised in a paper issued by the Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI). Instead, some of agriculture's least environmentally sensitive actors were welcomed into the alliance: 60% of the private sector membership of the alliance is related to the fertilizer industry. In addition, transnational corporations that have questionable social and environmental impacts, such as Monsanto, Walmart and McDonalds have launched their own "climate-smart agriculture" programs.

Climate Smart Agriculture: a concept that has no place as a climate strategy

As the UN picks up the pace for action on climate towards COP21 and beyond, we call on countries to recognise that the Climate-Smart Agriculture path can take us in the wrong direction, falling short of ensuring food and nutrition security, and undermining the radical transformation of current food and agricultural systems that the world urgently needs. Without definitions, criteria, standards, safeguards or exclusions, "Climate Smart Agriculture" is a meaningless and dangerous concept that has no place as a climate strategy. Moreover, the GACSA is not accountable to any UN structure involved in food security, climate or agriculture.

With new instruments for international climate finance being put in place to spend many billions of dollars, there is a real risk that wealthier countries – in their aim to meet their financial commitments – may end up funding projects and programmes that direct resources towards false solutions in countries where they have vested interests. Thus:

  • As the Green Climate Fund programme of work gets underway, we welcome the importance given to adaptation. Agriculture will be a principal component of this programme. However, we urge the GCF Board not to accredit any programme of work or institution that is based on Climate Smart Agriculture. Instead, we strongly encourage them to support community-based solutions emerging from frontline communities, such as agroecology. 
  • An "Agenda of Solutions" is being created for COP21 which aims to demonstrate the commitment of non-state actors to reaching a new and ambitious legal agreement in 2015, and which could be included or referred to in the outcome document of COP 21 along with the negotiated agreement. We urge governments not to endorse Climate Smart Agriculture as a solution to climate change, nor to label any other initiative that would be part of the "agenda of solutions" as part of the concept.

Agroecology as the mainstream pillar of agricultural policy frameworks worldwide

We face a critical moment. Real solutions to climate change must be agreed upon and urgently adopted. We urge decision-makers to stand against green-washed false solutions rebranded as CSA, and to have the courage to recognise and promote the decisive role of agroecology in ensuring food and nutrition security, the full realization of the human right to adequate food and nutrition, and food sovereignty in the face of climate change, resource scarcity, and growing demand challenges. The international and regional processes that emanated from the FAOs Symposium on Agroecology in September 2014 as well as the upcoming Committee on World Food Security High Level Panel of Experts report on "Sustainable agricultural development" and the recent Nyéléni Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology, present a unique opportunity for agroecology to be endorsed as the mainstream pillar of agricultural policy frameworks worldwide. Moreover, communities, civil society organizations, organised social movements, peasants and faith-based organizations are developing, strengthening, and supporting alternatives at local and national level have proven to be successful in the global fight against climate change. We call on decision makers to acknowledge this broad range of tangible and concrete actions, to listen, support and accompany them, while not succumbing to global top-down initiatives that rely on models from the past.

We therefore call upon decision makers to endorse the application of agroecology internationally within the UN processes relating to climate change and agriculture, as well as at national level.

[ Signed by 358 civil society organisations and social movements worldwide]




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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

[Biofuelwatch] Biofuelwatch September Newsletter





Biofuelwatch September Newsletter
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Dear subscriber, this is the September edition of our newsletter, with news of our campaigns, the campaigns we support, and important policy developments. 

Newsletter Content:
  1. Why lobbying your MP is so important – and how you can help
  2. Biofuelwatch is recruiting: New part-time UK post for a Bioenergy Campaigner
  3. Bioenergy Out: Joint briefing shows why bioenergy must not be included in the EU Renewable Energy Directive
  4. Plantations are not Forests: Civil Society groups hold alternative programme in protest at World Forestry Congress in Durban
  5. Drax exploits hype about "bioenergy with carbon capture and storage" in subsidies quest for new coal power station
  6. Dogwood Alliance find out more about where Drax are getting wood from – and it's not pretty
Demonstration against the World Forestry Congress in Durban
A clearcut forest a few miles from Drax's newly opened pellet mill in Mississippi.  Photo: Dogwood Alliance

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1. Why lobbying your MP is so important – and how you can help

Thanks to everybody who has taken part in our alert and called on their MP to help stop subsidies for biomass electricity: http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2015/mp-lobby/.
 
Since we first sent out this alert, we were contacted by Temi Moffitt who has first-hand experience of the forest destruction caused by Drax (and thus by the public subsidies they receive), which we would like to share with everybody:

"I would like to share my experience of the end results of the government subsidies being paid to power plants like Drax, who burn biofuels in the UK...

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2. Biofuelwatch is recruiting: New part-time UK post for a Bioenergy Campaigner

Biofuelwatch is looking for a part-time Bioenergy Campaigner to help us build our campaign against biomass power stations – and for the closure of Drax power station through ending their generous public subsidies.

If you are interested in this post, live in the UK and have experience in campaigning, ideally related to environmental justice, then please go to http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/bioenergy-campaigner/ to download the job description and person specification, and the application form.  The deadline is Monday, 5th October, 12 noon.
3. Bioenergy Out: Joint briefing shows why bioenergy must not be included in the next EU Renewable Energy Directive

A joint briefing by  NOAH (Friends of the Earth Denmark), Biofuelwatch, Econexus, Global Forest Coalition, World Rainforest Movement, Rettet den Regenwald e.V./Rainforest Rescue, and Corporate Europe Observatory summarises the harm done by the inclusion of biofuels and wood-based bioenergy in renewable energy policies and thereby subsidy regimes across the EU.  The groups are calling for bioenergy to be excluded from the 2020-30 EU Renewable Energy Directive, and for energy and climate policies that genuinely benefit the climate, people and environment. These policies must emphasise the need for social and economic changes to limit demand for energy.
Image: Rettet den Regenwald/Rainforest Rescue
4. Plantations are not Forests: Civil Society groups hold alternative programme in protest at World Forestry Congress in Durban

From, 7th to 11th September, the World Forestry Congress (WFC) was held in Durban.  The WFC is convened every six years by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.  It has long been criticised by civil society groups and social movements for promoting the interests of the timber industry while ignoring the voices of forest-dependent and other communities who bear the brunt of the negative impacts of industrial tree plantations and industrial logging. 
 
This year, South African campaigners organised a Civil Society Alternative Programme which we were pleased to be able to attend. 

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5. Drax exploits hype about "bioenergy with carbon capture and storage" in subsidies quest for new coal power station

You couldn't make it up: Drax is planning to build the UK's first new coal power station since 1972, and it won't even have to capture much if any of the CO2 emitted by it. And, now it's claiming this coal power station will be "'carbon negative"! 

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6. Dogwood Alliance find out more about where Drax is getting wood from – and it's not pretty

Back in December 2014, Dogwood Alliance followed logging trucks to Enviva's Ahoskie pellet mill in North Carolina, one that supplies Drax.  They took photos of whole logs from clearcut wetland forests being trucked to the pellet mill, showing conclusively that whole trees from clearcut wetland forests are being turned into pellets and exported to Drax. 

This summer, Dogwood Alliance campaigners went to visit Drax's own newly opened pellet mill in Mississippi, as well as a pellet plant in Florida which was recently acquired by Enviva.

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Clearcut bottomland hardwood forest in North Carolina, close to a pellet mill supplying Drax; Photo: Dogwood Alliance

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