Thursday, February 06, 2014

The nice thing about having a Democrat in the White House is that there is never any bad news...

...such as a coordinated sniper attack on a power station.

The day after last year’s Boston Marathon tragedy, a team of well-coordinated snipers attacked a PG&E Corp’s Metcalf substation located near Silicon Valley in California. For 19 minutes, they fired strategically-placed shots that ended in 17 major transformers becoming non-functional. During that time they also cut underground cables in a vault of a local Internet service provider, wiping out the internet for many AT&T customers. Operating under the cover of night, the team of snipers slipped away without leaving anything but shell casings and position markers, one minute before police arrived on the scene.

Sounds like the story line of a Tom Clancy novel, but the largest-ever coordinated attack on the United State’s power grid happened last April, and got very little attention. Until recent revelations made public spotlight, the knowledge of this sniper attack has remained a secret, known only by a handful of Americans.

Jon Wellinghoff,  chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission during the time of these attacks, said that he considered this attack to be “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred.” Hard to believe that an attack of such magnitude could have gone unreported for this long. Had it not been for the ingenuity of power station engineers thinking to reroute power around this station and increase outputs at other stations, the length of time people could have been powerless is anyone’s guess.  It took PG&E Corp 27 days to restore functionality of the damaged substation.

Did anyone hereabouts know about this?

1 comment:

Gail Finke said...

Read in the WSJ yesterday -- yikes!!! Amazing it was not known...

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