Coming Soon to A Power Substation Near You?
This WSJ article details a methodical and well planned sniper attack on April 16, 2013 on a PG&E substation that supplies the Silicon Valley! http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304851104579359141941621778?mod=WSJ_hp_RightTopStories
The article says drily that this wasn’t a situation of Billie Bob and his buddies getting tanked up and firing a few shots. It was a Special Forces quality assault with automatic weapons, preceded by someone entering and disabling a nearby fiberoptic telephone conduit “in a way that could not easily be repaired”. The shooters marked their firing lanes with small piles of rocks, and aimed for the cooling reservoirs of oil around the transformers, not the transformers themselves. After 52 thousand gallons of oil leaked out, the seventeen transformers burned out. It took a month to repair the damage.
THere has been speculation that our energy grid is vulnerable to cyberterrorism-e.g. to hacking that would shut down the grid. This article chillingly suggests that the physical grid itself may be an even easier target, and that a surpassingly small number of similar attacks could knock out power to “most of the country”.