Photo: Wiebo Ludwig’s long-time friend, Richard Boonstra, speaks to reporters on Friday evening- Brent Hodson/Energeticcity.ca
**Saturday Morning Wiebo Ludwig was released from jail without formal charges. For more on this story, Click Here
A long-time friend of Wiebo Ludwig says the convicted pipeline bomber is not the EnCana Bomber.
Richard Boonstra spoke to reporters this afternoon, in Hythe, Alberta. He confirmed that Ludwig is in police custody.
Boonstra says investigators "won’t find the Tom’s Lake bomber" in the Trickle Creek Ranch, located 25 kilometres from the Alberta- B.C. boarder.
He says Ludwig has been recently trying to peacefully resolve issues relating to the oil and gas industry.
Police have been searching the Trickle Creek Ranch since Friday morning. Inspector Tim Shields says police could be on the property for as long as five days.
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.
But Boonstra insists Ludwig is not the bomber.
It’s not the first time Ludwig was held in police custody for severing pipelines. In 2001, Ludwig and Boonstra were both convicted for vandalizing oil and gas wells in the Alberta Peace.
Boonstra says many of the residents in Trickle Creek Ranch are self-sufficient, and merely want to be consulted by industry before a project is constructed.
Boonstra says police have been searching the Trickle Creek Ranch grounds for items like dynamite, computer parts, pens, papers, envelopes and recordings.
– 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.
– Wiebo Ludwig appeared on 100.1 Moose FM’s Issues and Answers in October 2009. Click here to listen to the whole show.