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Bombings of Canadian pipelines spark ecoterrorism fears

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A second gas pipeline bombing within a week in British Columbia, Canada, has raised worries of ecoterrorism in the region, which suffered a similar series of attacks in the late 1990s.

The Globe and Mail reports that the latest bombing took place near a transfer station owned by energy company EnCana outside Tomslake in northeastern British Colombia, in the same area as another blast that occurred last weekend. Several Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) units, including the antiterrorism unit, are investigating the explosion, which caused only minor damage.

The National Post reports that police believe the explosions may be related to a letter sent last week to the Dawson Creek Daily News, which demanded "EnCana and all other oil and gas interests" leave Tomslake. "We will no longer negotiate with terrorists which you are as you keep endangering our families with crazy expansion of deadly gas wells in our home lands," the letter said.

The Province reports that at least one expert is calling the explosions acts of terrorism, though police are hesitant to describe them that way, at least for the moment.

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