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Northvolt: “By claiming they are making an environmental gesture, they are doing the opposite.”

Northvolt: “By claiming they are making an environmental gesture, they are doing the opposite.”

By carrying out acts of vandalism at the Northvolt battery factory project site in Montérégie, opponents of the project have prevented the reuse and recovery of felled trees, which will now have to be buried or burned.

“These trees have great potential for propagation, but now we would be lucky if we could simply crush them into biomass,” lamented Maxime Bordeaux, director general of the Center for Urban Wood Valorization.

The non-profit social economy organization Northvolt was commissioned to cut and reclaim trees, both living and dead, from the future site of the battery factory. However, opponents of the project have inserted steel bars and nails into several hundred trees on the ground, making it dangerous to cut them down without endangering the machines or their operators.

  • Listen to the full interview with Maxime Bordeaux, Director General of the Center for the Development of Urban Woods, on Mario Dumont's podcast via QUB :

“There is a definite safety issue: Chain saws are made to cut wood, not metal. “We are exposing our workers to completely unnecessary risks,” Mr. Bordeaux summarized on Mario Dumont’s podcast. QUB.

“Our mission was to exploit this wood to its fullest potential, and now it is waste. By claiming they are making an environmental gesture, they are doing the opposite,” he concluded.

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