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EnCana offers $500,000 for pipeline bombing tips

One of the province’s largest oil and gas companies promised Tuesday topay up to $500,000 for information leading to an arrest and prosecutionin the bombings of its natural gas facilities near Dawson Creek.

One of the province’s largest oil and gas companies promised Tuesday to pay up to $500,000 for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in the bombings of its natural gas facilities near Dawson Creek.

EnCana pipeline sites have been targeted four times since October, with the most recent attack last week at a metering shed near Tomslake.

Despite months of investigation, RCMP still has no suspects.

“Police know from … other major crime investigations that when the suspect is finally arrested there will be a group of family, friends or co-workers who either knew or had (suspicions),” said RCMP Sgt. Tim Shields. “We believe the same principle holds true in this case.”

“We need the community's help to solve this crime,” added Supt. Lloyde Plante, assistant criminal operations officer for National Security in B.C. “Even a small piece of information could make a huge difference in helping us stop these attacks. This reward should be considered a plea to those who have information to do the right thing and act now."

Mike Graham, executive vice president of EnCana, said the bombings have left the community feeling unsafe and frightened.

“We feel extremely fortunate that no one has been seriously hurt so far. But if these attacks continue, there is a serious risk of injuries or even death," he said.

Shields said police are confident the person or people responsible for the bombings are local and will have talked about their grievances with EnCana with friends or family, possibly advocating or threatening violence.

“This person will have knowledge of, and possibly access to, explosives (and) will also have disappeared for long periods of time during the night,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP or visit dawsoncreekbombings.com or encana.com.

 
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