Media Missed Sniper Attack on California Power Plant-Truth!

Media Missed Sniper Attack on California Power Plant-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

Rumors are flying on the Internet that the news media failed to report on a sniper attack on a California based power plant.   People are asking if it was a planned terrorist attack.

The Truth:

An April 16, 2013 attack at the Pacific Gas & Electric’s Metcalf transmission substation servicing the San Jose area in Central California may have fallen under the radar of the main stream media.  The incident “had not been widely publicized until it was made public in a February 5, 2014 article by The Wall Street Journal.  This according to a February 6, 2013 article by Fox News, whose parent company is  the Wall Street Journal, that said that more than 100 rounds were fired by a unknown sniper that destroyed 17 transformers. 

The Fox article said that a blackout was averted and the damage was repaired in less than a month, but the attacks have sparked questions about affiliations with terrorist organizations and the security of the country’s electrical grid.   Others have questioned why the attack didn’t get more attention from national media.

An FBI spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal the attack does not appear to be tied to a terrorist organization.

Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellington disagrees. He told The Wall Street Journal that it was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the U.S. power grid (that’s) ever occurred.”

Fox reported that there had been no arrests at this time and the “analysis pointed to the shell casings having no fingerprints and evidence that the shooting positions had been pre-arranged.” 

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has launched an investigation and pledged to make protection of the power grid a top priority, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Posted 2/7/14  Updated 02/10/14