A 68-year-old man arrested last week in Alberta on suspicion of involvement with bombings of EnCana Corp. natural gas facilities in the Dawson Creek area of British Columbia (BC) during 2008 and 2009 was released Saturday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.
No charges have been laid against the man, whom press reports identified as longtime anti-oil and gas development activist Wiebo Ludwig (see Daily GPI, Jan. 11). RCMP said evidence collected in the investigation of the man’s property near Hythe, AB, will be submitted to Crown Counsel for consideration. Discussions with BC Crown Counsel continue to determine what charges, if any, could apply, RCMP said.
Officers from Alberta and British Columbia Monday concluded a search of the rural property under the authority of a warrant authorized by judges in both Vancouver and Edmonton, RCMP said Saturday.
“The family and residents at the farm have been extremely cooperative with our investigators. We are making every effort to ensure the people living at the property experience minimal interruption to their daily routine,” said RCMP Superintendent Lloyd Plante.
RCMP said the investigation is ongoing. “Investigators will continue to have discussions with BC Crown Counsel, who are responsible for the charge approval process for this investigation,” RCMP said.
A $1 million reward being offered by EnCana has not been claimed. Anyone with additional information is asked to call the dedicated tip line at (866) 994-7473.
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