"A serious criminal act", is being investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police where an explosion damaged an EnCana pipeline feeding gas from the Alberta province to the Pacific coast in Canada
"A serious criminal act", is being investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police where an explosion damaged an EnCana pipeline feeding gas from oil-rich Alberta province to Canada's Pacific coast.
The bomb went off late Saturday some 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of Dawson Creek, at the border between Alberta and British Columbia. It left a crater nearly two meters (seven feet) deep, and damaged but did not sever the pipeline.
"It appears to have been deliberately set at a point where the pipeline emerged from the ground," the RCMP said in a statement.
"A suspicious letter was received by a local media outlet on October 10th advising local oil and gas companies to cease production and leave the area" but did not mention any threat, it added.
The pipeline is owned by EnCana, North America's biggest independent oil company, and carries sour gas, a form of natural gas that contains hydrogen sulphide, a toxic and dangerous substance that is removed through a treatment process at the gas plant.
RCMP said the incident "is being treated as a serious criminal act."