UPDATE: FBI arrests suspect in Oklahoma pipeline attempted bombing

By Phaedra Friend Troy

The FBI has arrested the man suspected to planting a bomb on a natural gas pipeline in Central Oklahoma.

Forty-year-old Daniel Wells Herriman of Konowa, Oklahoma, has been charged with attempting to destroy real property used in interstate or foreign commerce.

On the evening of August 10, Herriman called the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, and told the 911 operator that he had placed the bomb on the pipeline.

A 1-foot-by-1-foot improvised explosive device (IED) was found attached to the gas pipeline about 5 miles south of Okemah, Oklahoma. Enerfin Resources owns and operates the pipeline.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad removed the device and rendered it safe. 

Law enforcement searched Herriman's residence, finding items consistent with the components of the bomb found on the pipeline.

Herriman was arrested without incident in Seminole County, Oklahoma, on August 12, 2011.

The FBI, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Okfuskee County Sheriff's Office and Seminole County Sheriff's Office investigated this incident. 

It is not yet apparent why Herriman planted the bomb on the pipeline, but the FBI contends that it was not an environmental statement, and he is not connected to any terrorism groups.

Enerfin Resources owns and operates natural gas pipelines, compression, processing plants and treament facilities, as well as explores and produces oil and gas. The company owns midstream facilities in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana.

In East-Central Oklahoma, Enerfin Resources operates five contiguous natural gas gathering systems, with pipelines spanning more than 1,700 miles between the Anadarko and Arkoma Basins. The pipelines are located in the Cherokee-Seminole Platform area, covering 12 counties, including Okfuskee County, where the bomb was found.

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