Second Canadian pipeline damaged in explosion

Thu Oct 16, 2008 6:08pm EDT
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By Allan Dowd

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A bomb has damaged a natural gas pipeline in northeastern British Columbia, police said on Thursday, describing the attack as the second of its kind in the same area in a week.

Energy producer EnCana Corp later said it had stopped a small leak at a "field facility" about 50 km southeast of the town of Dawson Creek, and that the incident was being investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The RCMP said in a statement it was an explosion that "appears to be a deliberate act that left a crater in the ground under the pipeline that carries sour gas."

EnCana, Canada's biggest independent oil and gas producer, has increased security at its operations in the region.

Police said the incident involved a pipeline that was in the same area as a bombing of an EnCana-owned pipeline on Saturday.

"This is the second incident this week in the same area and it appears the two events are related," police said in a statement.

Both were in a remote area far from the Alberta border.

EnCana spokesman Alan Boras told reporters that company workers noticed the leak at the intersection of two pipelines on Thursday morning and the line was immediately shut down.   Continued...

<p>Damage caused to a natural gas pipeline is seen east of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, in this October 12, 2008 handout released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). REUTERS/RCMP/Handout</p>