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More details released after $500,000 damage done to pipeline near Hythe

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HYTHE, A.B. – More details have been released after a pipeline was vandalized near Hythe late last week.

Const. Michelle Mosher says an employee with a construction crew reported the vandalism from the site north of Hythe on Sunday morning.

Mosher says it appears a piece of construction equipment was used to try to dig up the pipeline and the line will have to be replaced.

Mounties are not releasing the name of the company that owns the pipeline. A spokesman for the body that regulates pipelines in Alberta says the line is under construction and no product was involved or spilled.

Mosher is encouraging anyone in the area who may have seen anything out of the norm to call police.

“Sometimes in remote areas the people who live in the areas recognize different people and different vehicles that they don’t normally see,” she said. “If there’s any suspicious people or things, please come forward with that information.”

Between 1996 and 1998, there were at least 160 vandalism incidents at oil and gas facilities in northwestern Alberta. They ranged from nails strewn along lease roads to shootings and bombings.

In April 2000, Wiebo Ludwig was convicted of bombing a Suncor well site close to his home near Hythe. He was also found guilty of encasing a Norcen Energy well in concrete and counselling an RCMP informant to possess explosives. Ludwig served 19 months in jail.

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