RCMP say rest stop explosion not related to EnCana attacks

Photo:  This is a photo of the fourth EnCana well site that was attacked on January 5th, 2009 – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca

As the investigation continues into both blasts, the RCMP are reassuring the public that the garbage can explosion on June 11th near Pouce Coupe does not appear to be related to the attacks on EnCana infrastructure in 2008 and 2009.

The RCMP continue to investigate the infrastructure blasts and say the investigation remains a priority, especially to the National Security Criminal Investigations program.

Over 300 tips have been investigated to date; over 1,400 exhibits have been collected; close to 20 judicial authorizations have been obtained; over 450 people have been interviewed and over 250 investigators have been involved.

The RCMP now say the investigation has spanned Northern BC, Alberta, Vancouver Island, Central and Eastern Canada as well as the United States, where inquiries were made with American law enforcement.

Investigators still have been unable to determine if 85 sticks of Dyno Nobel "Vibrogel" and 24 blasting caps with detonation cords stolen on July 18th, 2008, from a seismic drilling site near Gwilliam Lake south of Chetwynd, BC, were used on the infrastructure explosions. The RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team has taken over the investigation into the theft of the Vibrogel with the objective of locating the explosives, due to the threat to public safety.

The $500,000 reward remains available and the RCMP and EnCana are still encouraging tips. If you have any information about these explosions, please contact your local police or call the dedicated tip line at 1-866-994-7473.