This had been covered up from the public until recently.
PG&E had said the attack was “vandalism” and they had described the AK-47 wielding attackers as “Vandals”.
The Wall Street Journal – not some conspiracy site broke the story today. You need a subscription to log in.
Excerpting from the WSJ Article – it shows a chilling tale. The attackers planned this and knew what they were doing.
At 12:58 a.m., AT&T fiber-optic telecommunications cables were cut—in a way that made them hard to repair—in an underground vault near the substation, not far from U.S. Highway 101 just outside south San Jose. It would have taken more than one person to lift the metal vault cover, said people who visited the site.
Nine minutes later, some customers of Level 3 Communications, an Internet service provider, lost service. Cables in its vault near the Metcalf substation were also cut.
At 1:31 a.m., a surveillance camera pointed along a chain-link fence around the substation recorded a streak of light that investigators from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office think was a signal from a waved flashlight. It was followed by the muzzle flash of rifles and sparks from bullets hitting the fence.
The attackers were disciplined with what they did – suggesting that this was terrorism, a term that the obama administration refuses to use for apparent political reasons.
Riddled with bullet holes, the transformers leaked 52,000 gallons of oil, then overheated. The first bank of them crashed at 1:45 a.m., at which time PG&E’s control center about 90 miles north received an equipment-failure alarm.
Five minutes later, another apparent flashlight signal, caught on film, marked the end of the attack. More than 100 shell casings of the sort ejected by AK-47s were later found at the site.
The Terrorists targeted the cooling systems of the transformers, because shooting the transformers themselves would have caused explosions. They took out 17 transformers with slightly more than 100 shots!
In a news release, PG&E said the substation had been hit by vandals. It has since confirmed 17 transformers were knocked out.
^^^ This is the basis of the allegation I am making that PG&E covered up this attack.
Mr. Wellinghoff, then chairman of FERC, said that after he heard about the scope of the attack, he flew to California, bringing with him experts from the U.S. Navy’s Dahlgren Surface Warfare Center in Virginia, which trains Navy SEALs. After walking the site with PG&E officials and FBI agents, Mr. Wellinghoff said, the military experts told him it looked like a professional job.
In addition to fingerprint-free shell casings, they pointed out small piles of rocks, which they said could have been left by an advance scout to tell the attackers where to get the best shots.
“They said it was a targeting package just like they would put together for an attack,” Mr. Wellinghoff said
Once again – credit, Wall Street Journal for breaking this story.