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Tribunal Rules Canada Didn’t Violate Trade Agreement in Pulp Mill Case

(Canadian Press)

A NAFTA tribunal has ruled against a U.S. pulp company that claimed it was discriminated against by B.C. Hydro and the B.C. Utilities Commission.

Mercer International Inc. mounted a $250-million claim against the Canadian government in early 2012, alleging that BC Hydro and the B.C. Utilities Commission violated its NAFTA rights by discriminating against the power-generating operations at its pulp mill near Castlegar, B.C.

The company said competing pulp mills in the province have received more favourable treatment in regards to the purchase and sale of power by the provincial government’s BC Hydro, costing Mercer $19 million per year between 2008 and 2012. Click here to read more.