Police report mischief to Enbridge pipeline project in Hamilton
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.