Violent attack sabotages Canadian gas pipeline

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Vandalism has occurred to equipment at a Canadian gas pipeline project.

Courtesy of Coastal GasLink

A masked mob of axe-wielding vandals attacked a gas pipeline project in British Columbia, smashing vehicles and firing flares at workers after cutting fuel lines on Thursday.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it was investigating the “organized violent attack” on workers, police and equipment used to build the Coastal GasLink pipeline which stretches 416 miles through British Columbia, the Financial position reported.

“This coordinated and criminal attack from multiple directions threatened the lives of several workers,” Coastal GasLink reported on its website. “In one of the most concerning acts, an attempt was made to set fire to a vehicle while workers were inside. The attackers also wielded axes, swinging them at vehicles and through the window of a truck.

Nine workers fled during the attack and none were injured. However, millions of dollars in damage were caused, including the creation of an environmental hazard with the cutting of fuel lines and hydraulic equipment.

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The 20-person attack appeared well-coordinated to prevent a quick response from law enforcement in the remote location. The mob attempted to block an access road by cutting down trees, setting them on fire and placing tire studs. The vandals then used grinders to cut the locks at the construction site, the company said.

The same area was the site of a blockade last year that lasted 59 days.

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“Our work is legal, licensed, fully licensed and has the unprecedented support of local and Indigenous communities and agreements in place with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670km route,” the company said.

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