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Trucking company cries foul over unpaid contract

TERRACE, B.C. -- A B.C. chip and lumber hauling company is fuming after checks totaling "several hundred thousand d...


TERRACE, B.C. — A B.C. chip and lumber hauling company is fuming after checks totaling “several hundred thousand dollars” have bounced and will probably never be honored.

Western Seaboard hauled products for Skeena Cellulose, but when they tried to cash the checks they were told they would not be honored. Now the trucking company is blaming the government for not foreseeing the situation.

Western Seaboard general manager, Richard van Genne, tells local media that the government’s decision to place Skeena under bankruptcy protection will make it difficult for the fleet to collect what’s due.

It’s a familiar situation for the company who was stiffed by Skeena’s predecessor, Repap B.C. Western Seaboard only received 10 cents on the dollar for the $150,000 they were owed that time around.

“We’ve been through three or four years of being hit in the head with political decisions and not business decisions,” says a frustrated van Genne.


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