Half-a-million dollars in damage caused to Alberta pipeline

(CP) - The Mounties are investigating after a pipeline in northwestern Alberta was vandalized, causing more than 500-thousand dollars in damage.

An employee with a construction crew reported the vandalism from the site north of Hythe on Sunday morning.

It appears a piece of construction equipment was used to try to dig up the pipeline and the line will have to be replaced.

A spokesman for the body that regulates pipelines in Alberta says Paramount Resources owns the pipeline, adding the line is under construction and no product was involved or spilled.