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Terrorist attack at PG&E Corp.’s Metcalf transmission substation last year

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The 10-Point. Feb. 5, 2014

by Gerard Baker

Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal

Few Americans know that an attack took place at PG&E Corp.’s Metcalf transmission substation last year, during which snipers knocked out transformers that funnel power into Silicon Valley. The Wall Street Journal assembled a chronology of the incident from interviews, filings and other documents. As months have passed without arrests, we find that Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time, went public about the incident out of concern that national security is at risk and critical electric-grid sites aren’t adequately protected. The former regulator is calling the attack a terrorist act that—if widely replicated—could take down the U.S. electric grid and black out much of the country.

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