Lawmakers push to protect electric grid after report on attack

February 7, 2014

Lawmakers are pushing to impose federal standards for protecting the country’s electric grid from physical assaults in the wake of a new report about a sniper attack on a California electrical substation last year that has raised fears the power grid is vulnerable to terrorism.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she and fellow senators plan to ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has jurisdiction over the electric grid’s reliability, to “set minimum security standards for critical substations.”

The April 16, 2013 the attack on Pacific Gas & Electric’s Metcalf transmission substation involved snipping AT&T fiber-optic lines to knock out phone and 911 service, and firing shots into a PG&E substation, causing outages. The assault had not been widely publicized until The Wall Street Journal reported new details in a story on Wednesday.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • gypsy314 says:

    Our congress has money to spend on pork in farm bill but our borders goes unsecured and our power grid is so far out of date storms take them down all the time and attacks will bring them down So folks let clean house on both sides and start fresh.

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