A sniper attack in April that took out transformers at a California power station near San Jose is bringing concerns that this was a “dry run” for terrorists. The video tape from the surveillance cameras at the station showed what looked like an organized attack as an attempt was made to take out certain transformers.
Examiner NPR News reports that the attack on the power station happened last April, but the concerns were raised this week after the Wall Street Journal gave a long account about what happened in the 52 minute attack at PG&E Corp’s Metcalf transmission substation. This event received very little attention until this week.
The Wall Street Journal gives a synopsis of the events before going into detail just what occurred that early morning in April:
“The attack began just before 1 a.m. on April 16 last year, when someone slipped into an underground vault not far from a busy freeway and cut telephone cables.”
“Within half an hour, snipers opened fire on a nearby electrical substation. Shooting for 19 minutes, they surgically knocked out 17 giant transformers that funnel power to Silicon Valley. A minute before a police car arrived, the shooters disappeared into the night.”
“To avoid a blackout, electric-grid officials rerouted power around the site and asked power plants in Silicon Valley to produce more electricity. But it took utility workers 27 days to make repairs and bring the substation back to life.”
At least 100 rounds were fired and there was at least one high powered riffle used. While it is unclear if this was a lone attacker or a group, the reason behind doing this is not known. The person or people who did this sniper attack were never found. This attack seemed too synchronized to be just a spur of the moment idea. The police arrived and the culprit or culprits were gone, but they missed them just by a minute, the surveillance video suggests.
Power Plant Attack sparks terror fears about 3 other related incidents.
NewsMax A recent report about the terrifying attack on a California power plant last April has raised suspicions about other troubling cases throughout the United States within the past year, Newsmax has learned.
- On Jan. 9, more than 7,000 gallons of methanol leaked into Elk River in Charleston, W.Va., after a spill at a chemical storage plant operated by Freedom Industries. Nearly 300,000 people were left without drinking or bathing water, some for more than a week. A federal grand jury investigation has begun into the spill, CNN reports.
- The following week, in Manapalan, N.J., a 26-year-old Iranian Muslim man, Asaf Mohammed, was arrested after being found trapped inside a 20-inch pipe outside a storage tank at a water-treatment plant owned by United Water. The plant supplies drinking water to 40,000 customers in the township, New Jersey.com reports.
- Within a month after the Boston Marathon bombings last April, seven Muslims — from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore — were arrested in the middle of the night at the Quabbin Reservoir, which provides drinking water to Boston and several other nearby communities, the Boston Herald reports. Three locks had been cut to gain access to the reservoir.
The incidents, two of which received scant media attention at the time, now have authorities and legislators worried about the possibility of terrorist acts’ being committed against the nation’s power grid and other utility operations.
Those attack reports follow a report by The Wall Street Journal that a sniper assault last April 16, a day after the Boston bombings, knocked out an electrical substation near San Jose, Calif. No arrests have been made in that attack.
What Americans don’t realize is that we now have something called a smart-grid system, where our electric grid is linked to other grids over the Internet and by computers,” he said. “A major attack on one part of the grid could cause a devastating outage that could put tens of millions of Americans in the dark.