Photo: RCMP members get ready to search the Trickle Creek Ranch on Friday – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca
Update – Inspector Tim Shields says the RCMP have found new evidence in the pipeline bombings in the past 24 hours. He would not say if the evidence was found on the 750 acre property they are searching near Hythe Alberta.
The RCMP have released Wiebo Ludwig from jail without being laid charges.
Saturday morning Ludwig was released from the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment and with tears in his eyes said his fight with the oil and gas industry is not over. In a release Saturday morning from the RCMP said evidence collected has been submitted to Crown Counsel for their consideration. There is still a possibility charges could be laid against Ludwig.
The RCMP also say they will remain at the scene of Ludwig’s property near Hythe Alberta as they continue to execute a search warrant authorized by judges in both Vancouver and Edmonton.
“The family and residents at the farm have been extremely cooperative with our investigators. We are making every effort to ensure the people living at the property experience minimal interruption to their daily routine,” says RCMP Superintendent Lloyd Plante, Assistant Criminal Operations Officer for the RCMP’s National Security Program in British Columbia.
Friday morning Ludwig thought he was headed to a meeting with a high ranking RCMP member at a Grande Prairie Hotel. Instead he was taken into Police custody and at the same time the RCMP descended on this property called Trickle Creek.
According to Ludwig’s long time friend Richard Boonstra, the RCMP have been searching the Trickle Creek Ranch grounds for items like dynamite, computer parts, pens, papers, envelopes and recordings.
Boonstra explained that Ludwig has been willing to talk to police. He also says he thinks police are getting ‘squeezed’ by industry, to make an arrest.
The RCMP still say the $1,000,000 reward being offered by EnCana has not been claimed and are encouraging anyone with additional information is asked to call the dedicated tip line at 1-866-994-7473.
– For a Friday afternoon update from Inspector Tim Shields, Click Here.
– For a statement from EnCana Corp., Click Here.
– For Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier’s take on this developing story, Click Here.
– For more on the initial police search, Click Here
– Wiebo Ludwig appeared on 100.1 Moose FM’s Issues and Answers in October 2009. Click here to listen to the whole show.