Thousands of Aspen Colorado Residents Without Heat After Gas Line is Sabotaged

Thousands of residents and businesses were left without heat for two days amid frigid weather in Aspen, Colorado, after natural gas service lines were “intentionally” damaged by vandals, according to police.

Thousands of residents and businesses were left without heat for two days amid frigid weather in Aspen, Colorado, after natural gas service lines were “intentionally” damaged by vandals, according to police.

The Aspen Police Department said late Tuesday the vandalism of the service lines occurred on Saturday night at three different Black Hills Energy gas line sites, one located in Aspen and two in Pitkin County.

Police officials found the words “Earth First” scrawled on one of the affected pipes.

They are currently working on the criminal investigation, together with the authorities from the FBI. Investigators are also looking into whether the members of the environmental group Earth First! were involved in the “intentional attack”.

Work crews have been doing their best to restore gas service. Police and fire crews also handed out 6,000 electric space heaters to homes to those who have been affected by the incident.

Black Hills Energy said its technicians were deployed to visit each home to securely conduct necessary repairs and turn off the gas meters of its 3,500 customers in the city.

Authorities also warned the affected individuals to “not attempt to relight appliances” as part of their precaution.

“This is step one in the multi-step process. After making repairs and re-pressurizing the system, service will be restored to impacted residents and BHE techs will relight customers,” Aspen police said in a statement.


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