08/01/2010 5:30:12 PMCBC News
Wiebo Ludwig, an Alberta activist convicted of bombing oil and gas wells in the 1990s, has been arrested and faces an extortion charge in connection with more recent bombings at EnCana pipelines in northeastern B.C., according to his Edmonton lawyer.
Since October 2008, there have been six pipeline bombings in the Tomslake area of British Columbia, near Dawson Creek, targeting the facilities of the Calgary-based energy company EnCana.
Before the first attack, someone sent a handwritten letter to local media demanding a stop to oil and gas operations.
The letter called EnCana and other companies "terrorists" that are "endangering our families with crazy expansion of deadly gas wells."
The note was followed by three successive explosions, two of which caused leaks of sour gas, which contains toxic hydrogen sulphide.
At the time of the sixth and most recent attack in July 2009, the RCMP labelled the attacks "domestic terrorism."
Reserves in the Tomslake area are mostly sour gas, which contains hydrogen sulphide that can be deadly in high concentrations if released into the air.
p.s. The arrested man was released after 24 hours