OTTAWA - The RCMP has issued a warning about a "growing radicalized environmentalist faction" in Canada, according to a report.
In a criminal intelligence assessment obtained by the Canadian Press, the national police force is reported to have listed potential dangers from environmental activists to offshore oil platforms and marine shipments.
The RCMP's report is said to have noted a "growing radicalized environmentalist faction within Canadian society that is opposed to Canada's energy sector and policies."
It also reportedly cited recent protests off the coast of Greenland involving Greenpeace and how the demonstrations "highlight the need to be prepared for potential threats to the safety and security of offshore oil and gas platforms."
Greenpeace, which maintains it is peaceful and non-violent environmental group, suggests authorities may be telling Prime Minister Stephen Harper what he wants to hear.
But a spokeswoman for Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver said the government won't weigh in the RCMP's assessment.
"We don't comment on matters of security," Oliver's director of communications, Patricia Best, said. "The RCMP is an independent organization that makes its own assessments."