EnCana offers $1-million reward in pipeline bomber case

An oil and gas company is offering one of the largest rewards in Canada for information leading to an arrest in a series of bombings targeting its British Columbia operations, and the $1 million matches what the Mounties offered during the country’s biggest mass-murder investigation.

VANCOUVER — An oil and gas company is offering one of the largest rewards in Canada for information leading to an arrest in a series of bombings targeting its British Columbia operations, and the $1 million matches what the Mounties offered during the country’s biggest mass-murder investigation.

“This is likely the largest reward offered in Canada,” said RCMP Sgt. Tim Shields of the money EnCana Corporation (TSX:ECA) put forward Thursday.

“The only other reward that I’m aware of that matches it is the $1 million for information involving the Air India bombing,” he said.

EnCana Corporation doubled its cash reward for information leading to an arrest involving six blasts along its pipeline southwest of Dawson Creek, B.C., since last fall.

Shields said police are appealing to the public for help before someone gets hurt or killed.

“We’re hoping that with this increased reward of $1 million it will be enough to motivate someone to come forward with either the identity of the suspect or the location of explosives,” he said.

EnCana executive vice-president Mike Graham said the Calgary-based company’s employees and contractors will now be eligible for the reward in hopes of removing any barrier that could prevent someone from sharing vital information.

RCMP have made no arrests but suspect the bomber is living in the area around Tomslake, 30 kilometres southeast of Dawson Creek.

Infrastructure has been damaged but no one has been hurt in explosions which began last October and included two earlier this month.

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