Crude oil stolen from well site

The theft of a substantial amount of crude oil from a well site north of Rocky Mountain House was likely done by someone in the industry, RCMP say.

The theft of a substantial amount of crude oil from a well site north of Rocky Mountain House was likely done by someone in the industry, RCMP say.

In January, RCMP received the complaint of the crude oil theft but would not release the exact location of the well site it was stolen from.

“The company didn’t want to release what site it was in case it would encourage anyone else of doing the same. They wanted to hold that back,” Sgt. Chris Matechuck said on Monday.

While Rocky RCMP have responded to numerous complaints of well sites being vandalized, the theft of crude oil is uncommon.

“This is the first I have heard of anything like crude oil being stolen,” Matechuck said.

“It’s probably someone in the industry who is doing this, because they needed the right kind of equipment.”

RCMP have no suspects at this time.

The quantity of the stolen crude oil was also not released.

“The long and short of it is we really don’t know who is doing this,” Matechuk said.

Anyone with information regarding this theft is encouraged to contact Rocky RCMP at 403-845-2882 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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