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The Complex 'Military-Style' Raid on California Power Station Spooks U.S.
Financial Post ^ | December 13, 2013 | Shane Harris

Posted on 12/28/2013 2:15:07 PM PST by Daralundy

When U.S. officials warn about "attacks" on electric power facilities these days, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a computer hacker trying to shut the lights off in a city with malware. But a more traditional attack on a power station in California has U.S. officials puzzled and worried about the physical security of the the electrical grid--from attackers who come in with guns blazing.

Around 1:00 AM on April 16, at least one individual (possibly two) entered two different manholes at the PG&E Metcalf power substation, southeast of San Jose, and cut fiber cables in the area around the substation. That knocked out some local 911 services, landline service to the substation, and cell phone service in the area, a senior U.S. intelligence official told Foreign Policy. The intruder(s) then fired more than 100 rounds from what two officials described as a high-powered rifle at several transformers in the facility. Ten transformers were damaged in one area of the facility, and three transformer banks -- or groups of transformers -- were hit in another, according to a PG&E spokesman.

Cooling oil then leaked from a transformer bank, causing the transformers to overheat and shut down. State regulators urged customers in the area to conserve energy over the following days, but there was no long-term damage reported at the facility and there were no major power outages. There were no injuries reported. That was the good news. The bad news is that officials don't know who the shooter(s) were, and most importantly, whether further attacks are planned.

(Excerpt) Read more at complex.foreignpolicy.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: 201304; 20130416; 201312; domesticterrorism; dressrehearsal; dryrun; ecoterrorism; grid; homelandsecurity; isolatedincidents; militarystyleraid; nationalsecurity; obamalegacy; pge; plannedattack; powergrid; powerstation; powersubstation; sanjose; siliconvalley; substation; terroristattack; transformers; waronterror
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All very strange.
1 posted on 12/28/2013 2:15:07 PM PST by Daralundy
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To: Daralundy

Charley probing the wire.


2 posted on 12/28/2013 2:17:25 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Daralundy

Big difference between a power plant (station) and a substation.


3 posted on 12/28/2013 2:17:29 PM PST by meatloaf
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To: Daralundy

Either Muzzie or, more likely, “greenie/Friends of the Earth” ecoterrorist.


4 posted on 12/28/2013 2:19:27 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: Daralundy

Probably a false flag op to score more funding and curtail rights.


5 posted on 12/28/2013 2:20:13 PM PST by SIDENET
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To: Kartographer

Power station terrorism Ping...


6 posted on 12/28/2013 2:20:29 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Daralundy
The Complex 'Military-Style' Raid on California Power Station Spooks U.S.

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7 posted on 12/28/2013 2:23:57 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Cindy

Ping.


8 posted on 12/28/2013 2:28:49 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Daralundy

...and the state of Tennessee near that time had someone try to breach the perimeter of a nuclear plant at 2:00 a.m. and who exchange gunfire with security guards before fleeing in a boat.


9 posted on 12/28/2013 2:30:22 PM PST by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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The incident might have stayed a local news story, but this month, Rep. Henry Waxman, the California Democrat and ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, mentioned it at a hearing on regulatory issues. "It is clear that the electric grid is not adequately protected from physical or cyber attacks,"

LOL, this is the same asshole that is doing his best to destroy the electrical grid in the name of Global Warming. FU Waxman.

10 posted on 12/28/2013 2:30:49 PM PST by Joe Miner
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To: carriage_hill

These oil filled transformers, would they by any chance
have PCBs in them? I seem to remember they used to.


11 posted on 12/28/2013 2:32:42 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Daralundy

I need to get my security camera salesperson over there now!


12 posted on 12/28/2013 2:34:06 PM PST by 1FreeAmerican
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To: meatloaf

Not if your goal is to disrupt service to the end user.

Of course, the elephant in the phonebooth is protecting the high power lines that stretch across the continent. Thermite or any number of industrial cutting technologies could knock down a lot of those towers in a hurry, and crews trying to erect new towers would be difficult to guard.

States like Kaliporno can’t provide their own power locally.


13 posted on 12/28/2013 2:34:11 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: mountainlion

Sure sounds like someone knew what they were doing,
where to cut and where to shoot.


14 posted on 12/28/2013 2:35:02 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Daralundy

hmm


15 posted on 12/28/2013 2:35:15 PM PST by txhurl
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To: tet68

depends how old, not sure what dialetric they use now.


16 posted on 12/28/2013 2:38:27 PM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Daralundy
Sounds like a *Green Weenie* operation to me.
17 posted on 12/28/2013 2:39:11 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: tet68
These oil filled transformers, would they by any chance have PCBs in them? I seem to remember they used to.

No, they have all been converted to non-PCB oils.

18 posted on 12/28/2013 2:40:15 PM PST by BipolarBob
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To: Daralundy

Didn’t this happen last December rather than recently? I recall the story being reported late last year.


19 posted on 12/28/2013 2:40:24 PM PST by Bob
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To: tet68

Besides large transformers will have a concrete barrier container to capture all spillage.


20 posted on 12/28/2013 2:41:33 PM PST by BipolarBob
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