Environmental groups target British Columbia logging

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- Five environmental groups filed a complaint Wednesday with an international regulatory commission claiming the government of British Columbia has allowed logging practices that destroy fish habitat.

Greenpeace Canada spokeswoman Catherine Stewart said the Southeast Alaska troll fishery is jeopardized by the behavior of timber companies in B.C.

Canada flouts its environmental commitments under the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to a news release by the Natural Resources Defense Council of Washington, D.C. The group and four others filed the complaint with the international Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

The commission was created as part of NAFTA to ensure that Canada, Mexico and the United States enforce their own environmental laws.

There was no immediate reaction Wednesday from the Ministry of Forests in Victoria, B.C.

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