Armed vandals destroy BC Hydro equipment near Terrace

Damage will affect Rio Tinto Alcan's Kemano hydro electric facilities

ARMED VANDALS caused more than $10,000 in damage at BC Hydro’s substation on the Thunderbird Forest Service Road, report Terrace RCMP.

A shotgun and a rifle were used to shoot out an insulator sometime in the past month..

“Additional losses to be incurred when portions of the Alcan project in Kemano will need to be shut down in order to restore the substation,” said Terrace RCMP Constable Angela Rabut in a release.

“This is an ongoing problem that needs to be stopped. The line is very important for the reliability of the BC Hydro, Rio Tinto Alcan, and the northwest transmission system as a whole,” she said.

“There is a major impact to operations as well as an environmental impact with fish being affected,” Rabut added.

If you have information about this crime contact the Terrace RCMP at (250)638-7400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS, online at www.terracecrimestoppers.ca or by texting TERRACE plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

If your information leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.