Po­lice re­port mis­chief to En­bridge pipe­line pro­ject in Hamilton

Medicine Hat News - - NATION - WORLD -

Hamilton po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing mul­ti­ple in­stances of tam­per­ing at an oil pipe­line pro­ject in the city.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors pro­vided few de­tails about the in­ci­dents in­volv­ing the Line 10 pipe­line, which runs through Hamilton and is owned by En­bridge Inc.

The dam­age con­sisted of holes drilled into the pipe­line, adding there have been mul­ti­ple in­stances of tres­pass­ing in the past week, po­lice said Thurs­day in a re­lease. No other in­for­ma­tion was avail­able.

A 35-km stretch of the Line 10 pipe­line, which trans­ports crude oil, is un­der con­struc­tion as En­bridge looks to re­place 30cm steel pipe in­stalled in 1962 with a tougher 50-cm va­ri­ety.

Shortly be­fore po­lice an­nounced the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, a group pur­port­ing to fight on be­half of In­dige­nous peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment sent an email to The Cana­dian Press tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for var­i­ous in­stances of dam­age to the Line 10 pipe­line.

The group con­tends it has been “sab­o­tag­ing” sec­tions of pipe since the re­place­ment work be­gan. They claim to have drilled holes of vary­ing sizes in some sec­tions of pipe and poured cor­ro­sive chem­i­cals in oth­ers, but did not say if this oc­curred dur­ing the past week.

“We do this in sol­i­dar­ity with the In­dige­nous peo­ples of this area. A peo­ple who have been dis­placed, threat­ened and mur­dered since early colo­nial ar­rivals — who still con­tinue to face this vi­o­lence,” the email said, adding that pre­vi­ously laid sec­tions of Line 10 would have to be re­placed be­cause of prospec­tive dam­age.

Hamilton po­lice would not comment on whether the group or its mem­bers were un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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