October 15, 2008 / 12:19 AM / 9 years ago

Police probe sabotage on Canadian gas pipeline

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Police said on Tuesday they were investigating an attempt to bomb a natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia that may be connected to a broader threat against energy companies in the area.

<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>

The sabotage attempt is believed to have occurred on Saturday about 50 km (32-miles) east of Dawson Creek, British Columbia and damaged but did not destroy a 12-inch Encana Corp pipeline carrying sour gas to its Steep Rock gas plant, police said.

An Encana spokesman was not immediately available to comment on the incident.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said a hunter discovered a six-foot deep crater on Sunday near the pipeline and added the incident is being treated as a serious crime.

The RCMP said that a local media outlet had received a suspicious letter last week warning oil and gas firms to pull out of the area in northeastern British Columbia near Alberta. The letter did not describe specific threats.

Reporting Allan Dowd, Editing by Richard Valdmanis

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