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An explosive device was detonated on a natural gas pipeline east of Dawson Creek.

The explosive device damaged, but did not rupture the 12inch diameter steel gas line and caused a six foot crater in the ground. RCMP say it appears to have been deliberately set at a point where the pipeline emerged from the ground. The explosion occurred near the Alberta Border and Highway 52.

A suspicious letter was sent to a local media outlet on October 10th advising local oil and gas companies to cease production and leave the area. The RCMP contacted local oil and gas businesses to advise them of the letter. The letter did not contain any specific threats.

Sergeant Tim Shields with the RCMP says they do not know what type of explosive was detonated.

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The RCMP believe the explosion occurred the night of Saturday October 11th after a hunter who travels in the area came across the site. The hunter stated he had walked to the same location the previous day and did not notice the crater.

The pipeline is owned by EnCana and carries sour gas to the Steep Rock gas plant. The incident is being treated as a serious criminal act as is posed a threat to the pipeline infrastructure.

If you have any information about this incident please contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS

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