VICTORIA – Chris Gardner, president of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, has announced the organization is offering a $100,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and charges of those responsible for the February attack on Coastal GasLink construction workers.
On Feb. 17, RCMP said they were called to a Coastal GasLink construction site following reports of an attack against security guards and damaged property. Before getting there, officers were stopped on the road by a fire where a group allegedly threw smoke bombs and flaming sticks, injuring an officer, police said in a statement at the time.
Photos of the construction site provided by police and Coastal GasLink showed overturned machines, including a backhoe, dump trucks with caved in front ends and a trailer with a large section smashed out of its middle.
“This was a calculated and organized violent attack that left its victims shaken and a multimillion-dollar path of destruction,” Chief Supt. Warren Brown, north district commander for the RCMP, said in a February news release.
Police said as many as 20 people may have been involved in the attack, some of them carrying axes when they allegedly attacked security guards and smashed vehicle windows. Coastal GasLink said there were no physical injuries to its workers.
Anyone with information is being asked to call Crime Stoppers.
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