Domestic Terrorism: Electric Substations Under Attack

Last Monday, Rachel Maddow did a 12 minute segment on attacks on America’s electric infrastructure. Attacks on our electric system is not new. They are sure vulnerable. Folks may remember that there have been cyber attacks on our electric systems  in recent years. 

Suddenly attacks on substations with AR15s seem to be in vogue. Nice that darn near anyone can buy that weapon of war.

Since that report, another earlier attack on a North Carolina substation has been reported:  

“Three weeks before someone shot and damaged two power substations in Moore County, another substation was deliberately disabled near the Eastern North Carolina town of Maysville. The substation was damaged on Friday, Nov. 11, shutting down electricity for about 12,000 homes and businesses served by the Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative. CCEC says it was able to reroute power around the station and fully restore electricity in about two hours. In a statement posted on its website a few days after the incident, the cooperative describes it as “vandalism.” The company said vandals damaged transformers, causing them to leak coolant oil, but the statement doesn’t say how.”

As Maddow notes in her report there is speculation that the attacks on the substation may be aligned with the anti-gay, anti-trans terroristic acts going on in North Carolina.

Or it may just may be another branch of home grown terrorism in this country. At this moment there seems to be a spike of radical right wing terrorism breaking out around the country. 

And another incident of shots being fired near an electric plant in South Carolina. May be related, may just be deer hunters. These incidents are now being taken very seriously:

KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. — Law enforcement is investigating after a report of shots fired near an electricity plant in South Carolina.

Duke Energy said in a statement Wednesday night that they were aware of reports of gunfire near the Wateree Hydro Station in Ridgeway.

The station is located in Kershaw County.

The statement from Duke Energy reads as follows, ” We are aware of reports of gunfire near the Wateree Hydro Station in Ridgeway SC. No individuals were harmed. There are no outages reported. There is no known property damage at this time. We are working closely with the FBI on this issue.”

We need leaders, especially those on the right, to stand up and condemn these terroristic attacks.

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