Lavington Pellet Plant Parent Company Donates $ 50,000 for BC Flood Relief – Summerland Review



Parent company of Lavington pellet plant donates $ 50,000 to aid relief efforts in communities affected by recent floods and landslides in British Columbia

The donation to the British Columbia Floods and Extreme Weather Appeal will be used for immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resilience and preparedness for future events in the affected province and regions, according to UK energy company Drax Group .

Drax’s contribution will be tripled, as the federal and provincial governments have agreed to match every dollar donated to the Canadian Red Cross to support flood-ravaged communities.

“The past year has been very difficult for the people of British Columbia – first the COVID pandemic continues, then the wildfires and now the floods which have devastated the lives and homes of many,” said said Matt White, executive vice president of pellet operations at Drax. .

“We believe it is important to support the people who live in the areas where we operate, and we hope this donation will help British Columbians take the first steps to mend their lives and rebuild their communities.

Flooding, mudslides and landslides damaged thousands of homes across southern Vancouver Island, the south coast, parts of the interior and the Kootenay region, and road infrastructure and damaged railroads could take months to repair. Authorities estimate the extreme weather event to be the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history.

The Canadian Red Cross works alongside First Nations and provincial, local and federal governments to support those affected by flooding.

“Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, the Red Cross is able to support immediate and ongoing relief and recovery efforts for those affected by these devastating floods,” said Pat Quealey, Vice President, British Columbia and Yukon, Canadian Red Cross. “The road to recovery will be long for many people, and Drax’s contribution will make a difference in ensuring that our teams can support them as they recover from this disaster. “

To donate to the British Columbia Floods and Extreme Weather Appeal, visit redcross.ca or dial 1-800-418-1111.

Drax acquired Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. – a major producer of biomass pellets that operates a pellet plant in Lavington – in April 2021.


Brendan Shykora

Flood in British Columbia


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