Photo: This photo shows the location of the last two attacks – Submitted
Police say the two most recent bombings targeting EnCana’s northeastern B.C. pipeline network have finally prompted some tips.
Monday, members of the RCMP Post Blast Forensic Examination team based out of Ottawa National RCMP Headquarters continued to sift through and process the physical elements from the latest bombing site. Other officers tasked with following up on public tips were more then willing to thoroughly follow up on well over a dozen fresh tips that came in from the public.
“The phone calls were received in the last 24 hrs over the weekend, after information relating to the latest bombing which occurred on July 4th, was released to the public via the media. The details and facts of the latest bombings pointed out just how close it came to possibly injuring or killing someone. We are hoping that people are really jogging their memory for anything that may have occurred relating to these two latest or any earlier bombings since October 12, 2008”, stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.
“We are also hopeful that people will take confidence in strength in numbers and feel more comfortable in coming forward with information. As a member of a small rural community myself, I can empathize with how at times, being the first one to come forward and have all eyes on you can be intimidating. The RCMP also wants to reassure people that although investigators are dealing with a serious crime, they are sensitive to the distress these bombings are causing to the community and the need for discretion when dealing with information received. There are several avenues to contact the RCMP about this matter, including tip lines where the identity of a person providing information does not have to be revealed. I think that solidarity in our working together in bringing this or these individuals to justice and make them accountable for their actions will ensure a shared feeling of success between the RCMP and the communities of Pouce Coupe, Tomslake and Dawson Creek”, added Cpl Moskaluk.
A bomb damaged an EnCana natural gas wellhead on Wednesday, and while crews were capping that leak, an explosion Saturday less than a kilometre down the pipeline caused a small sour-gas leak.
There have been six bombings in all since October, which have been linked to a letter sent to EnCana and the media demanding an end to oil and gas operations in the area.
Police believe the bomber may be a local resident, but have been frustrated by a lack of information. Moskaluk says now there seems to be a growing consensus to help investigators from the Mounties’ Integrated National Security Enforcement Team find the suspect.