Anton Ridsdill, project manager for United Utilities, which managed the scheme, said a horizontal drilling machine
had also been brought in to install 150m of the pipeline under a protected area of mature trees.
The criminals used to set up a makeshift roadside eatery at a place near the oil pipelines of the companies and after dark, they dug a hole in the pipeline with the help of a horizontal drilling machine
and connected it with a tanker with the help of a plastic pipe and valve.
Department of Labor is seeking a $161,000 fine against cable subcontractor Heartland Midwest, based in Olathe, for two willful and three serious violations after a crew breached a natural gas supply line with a horizontal drilling machine