The author of a book about the saga of Wiebo Ludwig says he’s not surprised that this week’s pipeline bombings have been directed specifically at sour gas.
Andrew Nikiforuk says there is an extreme level of tension between sour gas developers, residents and first nations groups in the area due to issues surrounding safety and regulation.
He says that many residents and First Nations living near oil and gas development also resent the reduction in property values and the constant threat of a potentially life-threatening leak or accident.
However, Alan Boras, spokesperson for EnCana, says that the risk of danger to residents from nearby pipelines is minimal.
Boras also says that EnCana pipelines have automatic emergency shutoff valves at regular intervals of the pipeline, which prevent a large amount of gas from being released if a leak does occur.
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