Police set to update pipeline bombing probe

Tue Dec 2, 2008 2:41pm EST
 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Police investigating attacks on pipelines in British Columbia were expected on Wednesday to shed more light on their efforts to catch the saboteur.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and pipeline owner EnCana Corp have scheduled a news conference in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to release "new information and surveillance photographs."

Police, who have already said they believe the attacker lives in the same area at the explosions in northeastern British Columbia, declined to elaborate in advance of the news conference.

The first incident occurred October 11, when a bomb damaged an EnCana pipeline about 50 km southeast of Dawson Creek. There was a second deliberate explosion on a pipeline in the same area October 15, and at a wellhead two weeks later.

There have been no injuries, but two of the incidents caused small leaks.

Investigators are probing if the explosions are linked to a letter sent to media in Dawson Creek before the first attack warning the "terrorist" energy industry to leave the area and stop the expansion of "deadly gas wells."

All the damaged facilities were involved with the production of "sour gas" that that contains toxic hydrogen sulfide which is removed at a processing plant before the gas is shipped to market.

(Reporting by Allan Dowd; Editing by Frank McGurty)