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RCMP Investigate After Heavy Equipment Used to Dig Up Pipeline from Ground in Northern Alberta

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$500K to 700K damage done to Paramount Resources pipeline

By Black Powder | Red Power Media, Staff, Jan 17, 2017

RCMP are investigating after significant damage was caused to an oilfield pipeline under construction in Northern Alberta.

According to 630 CHED, an employee found the damage at around 9 p.m. Saturday night at a construction site north of Hythe.

RCMP in Grande Prairie believe vandals used heavy equipment at the site to dig up a portion of the pipeline, which will now have to be replaced.

Global News reports, a spokesman for the body that regulates pipelines in Alberta says Paramount Resources owns the pipeline which is under construction and no product was involved or spilled.

Damage to the pipeline is estimated at $500,000 to $700,000.

The investigation continues.

Hythe is located 60 kilometres northwest of Grande Prairie.

The area is no stranger to radical environmental activism.

During the 1990s, a landowner in the area engaged in a lengthy battle with oil companies in the area.

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.

Wiebo Ludwig arrives at a police barricade outside his farm near Hythe, Alta. in 2010, after spending the night at the RCMP detatchment in Grande Prairie, Alta..

Wiebo Ludwig arrives at a police barricade outside his farm near Hythe, Alta. in 2010, after spending the night at the RCMP detatchment in Grande Prairie, Alta..

Wiebo Ludwig believed flared hydrogen sulphide and sour gas were linked to birth defects and miscarriages occurring around his Christian community of Trickle Creek Ranch, near Hythe.

After appeals to the government to intervene went unheard, he took action into his own hands

In April 2000, 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.

He served 19 months in jail. Ludwig died in 2012.

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