Illegal oil tap uncovered

  • 2007-07-17
  • From wire reports
BAUSKA 's Police discovered an illegal oil pipeline almost two kilometers long in the central Latvian region of Bauska, July 17.

The 1,800 meter section was reportedly being used to siphon off oil from the main Polotsk to Ventspils oil pipeline near Pilsrundale, according to the Latvian state police.

A tank containing diesel fuel plus a portable gas pump were discovered at the scene.

Damage to the pipeline had previously been noted at several locations, including the site of the illegal siphon, suggesting that the perpetrators may have tried installing equipment earlier before finally succeeding with their latest attempt.

The police investigation continues.