VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Police on Wednesday urged residents near the site of several western Canadian pipeline bombings to be vigilant for more attacks as the bomber’s self-declared “summer vacation” draws to a close.
Investigators have no information that another bombing was planned soon, but noted it was also nearing the anniversary of the first attack near the communities of Dawson Creek and Tomslake, British Columbia, police said.
There have been six attacks on EnCana Corp natural gas pipelines and related infrastructure since October 2008 by a saboteur who has warned the explosions will continue until the energy industry pulls out of that area of northeastern British Columbia.
The “individual responsible for the six attacks has shown that they are willing to commit criminal acts to get their point across,” the Royal Canadian Mounted police said in a statement urging residents to be on alert.
The bomber sent a letter to the media and EnCana in July saying there would be a three-month “summer vacation,” but it also threatened the attacks would become more serious if the demands were not met.
“We hope that the bomber has had time to reconsider his actions,” police said.
Investigators have long speculated the bomber is a local resident with a grudge against EnCana. There are other energy companies working in the region, but EnCana is the only one to have been attacked.
Police on Wednesday renewed their complaint that some residents of the area around Dawson Creek have refused to cooperate with investigators.
Some residents have said that while they object to the bombings they do have sympathy for the bomber’s complaints about the energy industry’s activities in the area, which is undergoing rapid natural gas development.
A letter believed to be from the bomber before the attacks began complained of the production of “deadly gas,” an apparent reference to so-called sour gas found in the region that can be toxic if breathed.
There have been no deaths or injuries in the attacks, but several of the explosions have caused leaks.
Calgary, Alberta-based EnCana has offered a C$1 million ($944,000) reward for information about the bombings,
(Reporting by Allan Dowd, Editing by Frank McGurty)