Canadian pipeline bomber renews threats to EnCana

Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:51pm EDT
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By Allan Dowd

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A letter believed linked to six pipeline bombings in northeast British Columbia is demanding EnCana Corp start phasing out its operations in that region of Western Canada.

The letter, made public on Thursday, warns EnCana that "things will get a lot worse" if it fails to comply, but it also promises a three-month "summer vacation" free of attacks in the area around the small city of Dawson Creek.

The hand-written letter was sent to the Dawson Creek Daily News but written to EnCana, North America's largest natural gas producer. It is believed to be the second letter from the bomber since the explosions began last fall. The first letter also demanded EnCana stop operations in the region.

"You (EnCana) simply can't win this fight because you are on the wrong side of the argument. So stop pushing people around here," the letter's author wrote, demanding the company "return the land to what it was before you came."

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they believe the letter is from the bomber.

The letter gives EnCana three months to announce a pullout plan and five years to shut its facilities. The letter does not specify what facilities should be shut aside from the company's processing plant near Tomslake, British Columbia.

Calgary, Alberta-based EnCana, which has already offered a C$500,000 ($447,000) reward for information about the bombings, declined comment. "It's a criminal matter and under investigation by the police," the company said in a statement.

Investigators have long speculated the bomber is a local resident with a grudge against the company. There are other energy firms working in the region, but EnCana is the only one to have been attacked.   Continued...