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Ex-Federal Official Worries About Massive Blackout From Terror Attack

Courtesy: US Army
February 05, 2014

An ex-federal regulator has expressed concern of an attack on the U.S. power grid, which could potentially lead to black out for parts or all of America.  He believes a gun attack in Northern California at an electrical substation was a rehearsal for an attack on a bigger and greater scale.


A retired federal regulator has gone public with concerns that a gun attack on a Northern California electrical substation may have been a dress rehearsal for a larger assault on the U.S. power grid aimed at blacking out much or all of America.

Jon Wellinghoff, ex-chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, told The Wall Street Journal that such an attack would likely only need to target a few substations to cause blackouts in most or all of the country.

Wellinghoff described the April 16 attack on the Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation’s transmission substation at Metcalf, Calif. as “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred.”

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