Bullet holes riddle key California power substation causing heavy damage — 10,000 gallon oil spill — Statewide Emergency Alert to conserve energy — 911 calls not working nearby

Published: April 16th, 2013 at 2:24 pm ET


CBS San Francisco: […] Crews were working to clean up an oil spill caused by bullet holes at a PG&E transmission center just southeast of San Jose, a PG&E spokesman said. […] “We are currently on site assessing the magnitude of the vandalism and the impact,” he said. […]

KTVU: Vandalism to major power transformer triggers power alert […] Utility officials issued an emergency flex power alert for the Silicon Valley Tuesday after vandals riddled a key PG&E substation with bullets. […] PG&E was reporting heavy damage to transformers at the substation following gunshots heard during an apparent vandalism in the early morning hours. […]

NBC Bay Area: Statewide Emergency Alert to Conserve Energy After PG&E Substation Vandalized […] About 10,000 gallons of oil began leaking Tuesday morning from a transformer at a San Jose PG&E substation […] As of 10 a.m., hazardous material crews were still cleaning up the mess, and deputies have not yet been able to get inside. […] Two hours after the gunfire was reported, PG&E called the sheriff’s office to report that their security fence had been “breached” in the 100 block of Metcalf Road near U.S. Highway 101. About the same time, and not too far away, Gilroy and Morgan Hill police departments reported that 911 calls from land lines were not working Tuesday morning. Stenderup said it was too early in the investigation to tell if the events were related.

San Jose Mercury News: […] There were multiple gunshots heard at the facility,” said PG&E spokesman Jason King. “We have crews on the scene and we are currently assessing the situation.” […] PG&E reported that at least five transformers were damaged. […]

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Published: April 16th, 2013 at 2:24 pm ET


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64 comments to Bullet holes riddle key California power substation causing heavy damage — 10,000 gallon oil spill — Statewide Emergency Alert to conserve energy — 911 calls not working nearby

  • robertsgt40

    Maybe someone didn't like their last utility bill. Hello Enron

  • harengus_acidophilus

    Next step:

    "Infrastucture must be protected"

    A the bill will double about "security reasons".


  • Lion76 Lion76

    Just another false flag in order to enact more gun control laws

  • Cisco Cisco

    This will be interesting to follow. Large transformers are usually made to order; lead times can run 9 months. If that is the case here, the folks tied to that substation and a few others are going to get a taste of how vulnerable the grid is, and the dislocations one substation can cause.

    Whatda you bet PG&E doesn't have enough in stock? Stay tuned, this will be a good one.

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Did you catch the name of the road, were these fools tripping out of their mind? Peyota Road!

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Important gear should be bulletproof with surveillance cameras. Not sure how important electricity is though.

  • NeverAnyDanger

    Sheesh – bombs in Boston and bullets in San Jose. I couldn't find too many images showing what was going on. A report did say a 'couple' of thousand gallons of insulating oil leaked. It's a serious fire hazard but chances of fire happening are "pretty slim". Heard that before…

  • NeverAnyDanger

    Security fences aren't too effective against bullets.

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    I have seen transformer explosions. Spectacular and very dangerous. One poletop in El Paso lit up the entire night sky for a while. By the time I got there, a lone fireman was at the bottom of the pole looking baffled and a bit scared holding a hose (no water fortunately).

    Another at a plant I worked at blew out a concrete wall. It was 4160 volt. They are bombs when the oil leaks out.

    • Fury Fury

      I thought the oil they used was not flammable? I know the electricity alone when it shorts can act like a bomb. But the worry about fire? and I know how toxic the oil used is, but flammable? I'll have to check on that.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    I'm old and I have less brain cells as I once had, but do you ever feel like you are living in a loony bin world?

    Why do stupid, hurtful, mean things? Why give into evil ways?
    There is so much more you can do that is productive for yourself and for others, and it's a lot more gratifying.

    • I DO feel I'm living in a loony world.

      I wish I had the answer WindorSolarPlease as to why humans are so self-destructive…


        humans are not self-destructive majia. They'll do anything, including selling their own offspring to stay alive. They're responding to fear. We currently exist in a system fueled by fear…

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi majia & AFTERSHOCK

        There are some who have destructive behavior. Not sure why there are those who participate in this type of behavior?
        Some allow it to control their lives causing havoc, instead of learning to control it and do positive things.


          @WindorSolarPlease: deep down, most humans are wired for wanting acceptance and recognition for their contributions to the tribe. Unfortunately, our current global society is going through a transformation that disregards the individual's needs.

          We're transforming from nationalized economies to a centralized one. While inevitable, this process is highly 'disruptive' of past associations. To add salt to the wound, several countries continue exploiting nationalist's sentiments, whilst pandering to the needs of the multinational corporate elite.

          This socioeconomic schism is going unchecked and eroding the prior gains of working people throughout the world. It's also fostering a distrust of 'authority' and corrosive amorality within the global citizenry. The fear of sliding deeper into the growing chasm of economic chaos leads many to choose 'expedience' over social obligation. Witnessing the criminal actions of those above, prompts many to simply equate such 'freedom' as being a natural right to do so, themselves. Sadly, the demoralized fail to grasp, they've been fooled into justifying the tenuous economic and social status they find themselves in!

          What those on high will never let on, is just how dangerous peaceful action is to the maintenance of repressive power; that the greatest act of 'subversion' is being both honest and loving towards one-another…

          • Wreedles Wreedles

            "the greatest act of 'subversion' is being both honest and loving towards one-another."

            I'm not sure I've ever seen a statement that I'm as fond of as this one. Thank you, Aftershock!


              thank you Wreedles. But I can't take credit for the thought. I'm channeling the goddess…

              • Wreedles Wreedles

                You CAN take credit for it, because you are a part of Her, just as we are ALL a part of Her.

                We are never apart, because we are always a part.

                Now if we could all just realize that, and start ACTing that way, we could do away with all of the fear-driven toxic crap, starting with nuclear power and working down the list (working on the things that are killing us, in the order they're killing us in) and start living as we were meant to live! 😀


                  totally with you Wreedles. BTW. I love your avatar-graphic. The red fox is so awesome. I've only seen one once. They're such beautiful creatures. Probably makes an awesome friend (pet)…

                  • Wreedles Wreedles

                    Thank, you, I love them too. I was very blessed about 2 weeks ago to watch one playing in the cornfield behind our house. (S)he was probably no further away than 15-20 yards, and hung out on a misty afternoon for almost 20 minutes before vanishing back into the mist.

                    The second part of the avatar is to remind myself of my habit, which I tend to fall into far too easily, of looking for answers in the wrong places:

                    "And you who seek to know Me, know that the seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.

                    For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am That which is attained at the end of desire."

    • Anthony Anthony

      Hmmm, I get your point WindorSolarPlease, but rather than seeing you as old per se, I think of you as being the clarion call of common sense in the circle. And no you are not losing your mind… the world is quite chaotic. We (majority of us) are taught and believe good is better and best, yet all around us you see the ones who are teaching that or accountable for that are opposite in fact. By doing so they keep their bits of power, longer. It also ensures less competition for their spoils….everyone else is and has been playing by a different set of rules. I believe the energy of the sun is about to illuminate all the chinks in the armor of life. There are only two real paths to follow, light and dark. I never thought there was anything NOT to strive for in the Leave It To Beaver era.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi Anthony

        You my dear need some strong glasses if you don't see me as being old lol.

        Thank you for the compliment. I really do appreciate it, there are many who have common sense in here, and definitely wiser.

        I plan to keep following the light path, as I do use a night light.

        I miss the Leave it to Beaver era.

    • pcjensen

      I started saying last year: super marvel comic book horror show

    • Fury Fury

      welcome to Hell!!

    • m a x l i

      That is not a question of age.

      I share that view of yours, and I already had this as a child. It came to me like a revelation on what I believe was my first day at school when I had a moment where I was able to watch the interactions around me including my own part in it like an outside-observer and asked myself: "What is going on here?" It was more of a suspicion then, and now, while getting older, it is becoming more and more a conviction. Initially, I tried to override that suspicion by cultivating all kinds of illusions, but later the illusions dried out one after another.

  • irhologram

    While we were distracted Obama murdered all oversight…the next step after revoking Glass Stiegle. President Obama quietly signed legislation Monday that rolled back a provision of the STOCK Act that required high-ranking federal employees to disclose their financial information online.
    The White House announced Monday that the president had signed S. 716, which repealed a requirement of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act requiring the disclosure, which had previously been delayed several times by Congress.
    That provision, added to the bipartisan bill aimed at halting insider trading by members of Congress, would have required roughly 28,000 senior government officials to post their financial information online, and had come under harsh criticism from federal government employee unions.
    Both chambers of Congress quickly — and near silently — approved the repeal legislation at the end of last week by unanimous consent, just before heading home to their districts.
    The STOCK Act was signed by the president a little over one year ago in a highly visible signing ceremony, where he said the legislation would tackle the "deficit of trust" that exists between Washington and the rest of the nation. Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/1007-other/293919-obama-signs-stock-act-step-back#ixzz2QfldPqKt
    So 28,000 TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND people just got a free pass with our money.

  • Ancient Voices

    Obama Approves Raising Permissible Levels of Nuclear Radiation in Drinking Water. Civilian Cancer Deaths Expected to Skyrocket
    By Helen Caldicott
    Global Research, April 14, 2013
    Url of this article:

    • We Not They Finally

      What has "permissible" become? We'll permit you to DIE? Or, just take one for the team? It's always worse than the statistics anyway, since other components factor in, not just radiation. We don't have a clean environment to BEGIN with.

    • Atomfritz Atomfritz

      Obongo allowing the US citizens to suck up 20 millisieverts per year.
      I am speechless.

      Gringoes, do you understand?
      This is the same amount that Japan plans to allow Fukushima zone returners annually.

      I am really disappointed of America…

      • Caldicott was using the EPAs own dose-effects risk calculus. Dominant risk-models may very well under-state the biological effects of radiation because they fail to adequately address internal exposure effects, as well as the dose-effects from bio-accumulation and bio-magnification processes.

        Steve Wing et al (1991) found incremental relative risks for all cancers is about 5% per millisievert, which is about 25 times greater than the risk estimate in BEIR V(2) for low-dose exposure if their recommended DREF of 2 for low-dose rate is applied.

        (Wing, S., Shy, C.M., Wood, JL, Wolf, S, et al (1991)mortality among works at Oak Ridge National Laboratory: evidence of radiation effects in follow-up through 1984. J. of American Medical Association, 265, 1397-1402).

      • And 20 millisieverts is most definitely NOT safe for children!

        Lawsuit to that effect here http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201304150003

  • ftlt

    The libertarians are out in force today on Enenews …

    • We Not They Finally

      Yeah? What are they saying? That Boston was "a hoax"? That it must just be the government with a ploy to confiscate people's arsenals of explosives?

  • irhologram

    http://bigstory.ap.org/photo/boston-marathon-bomb-photos. Military News reports that the pressure cooker bomb is confirmed and that's the picture of it. Is it just me…or wouldn't one expect the metal to be charred? Or scorched? Discolored? By a gunpowder bomb? No?

    • Proton

      A pressure cooker bomb concealed in a backpack? OMG WTF GET REAL

      • Anthony Anthony

        Well that's what I was thinking too and wondered how anyone missed the hissing as they came through security…. how does all the shrapnel fit into the cooker backpack scenario?

      • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

        The pressure cooker must have been no more than a container for the main explosives and shrapnel and as an explosive intesifier because of the container being sealed and made of metal.

        • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

          This explosive was made by professionals, while trying to make it look like amateurs were involved. I smell a rat.

          • irhologram

            Pressure cookers are designed to cook food quickly at high pressure. Pressure cooker bombs work when explosive powder is set off inside the pot and the resulting pressure builds until it exceeds the ability of the pot to contain it, creating a blast of tremendous force. Rudimentary explosive devices made from pressure cookers have been widely used in attacks in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, all countries where the cooking device is common, according to a Department of Homeland Security warning notice issued in 2010.

            But they have occasionally turned up in attacks in the United States as well:Faisal Shahzad, an American citizen who attempted a car-bomb attack on Times Square in May 2010, had a pressure cooker loaded with 120 firecrackers among the improvised explosives in his S.U.V. The devices smoked but never exploded. From NY TImes

    • Proton

      A family member of mine may just be on the watch-list because of their signature "Atomic Cheesecake" during christmas season… Very serious pastry… 22000 calories per lb.

  • Proton

    Any info on the transformer(s) fluid containing PCBs? (Polychlorinated Biphenyl)

    Although no longer commercially produced in the United States, PCBs may be present in products and materials produced before the 1979 PCB ban. Products that may contain PCBs include:

    Transformers and capacitors
    Other electrical equipment including voltage regulators, switches, reclosers, bushings, and electromagnets
    Oil used in motors and hydraulic systems
    Old electrical devices or appliances containing PCB capacitors
    Fluorescent light ballasts
    Cable insulation
    Thermal insulation material including fiberglass, felt, foam, and cork
    Adhesives and tapes
    Oil-based paint
    Carbonless copy paper
    Floor finish


    A pretty serious environmental toxin

  • CB CB

    I wonder if the nuke pukes are sabotaging the oil industry lately.

  • Fury Fury

    A disgruntled employee maybe?

  • lickerface lickerface

    Headline keywords with this power station event:

    High powered guns
    Shutting down

    Headlines with Boston marathon event:

    Limbs flying
    Disabled cell towers

    Draw your own conclusions.

  • irhologram

    Witness said the explosion came from a manhole. Sure would explain the upward trajectory and leg injuries. http://tatoott1009.com/2013/04/15/eyewitness-authorities-announced-drill-before-boston-explosions/. It would explain why bomb sniffing digs didn't catch it…although I don't know how they'd sniff out the contents of a sealed pressure cooker, either. It also would explain how two such imprecise devices as far as timing goes…would "blow" up within 5 seconds of one another. It would explain why no suspects have been identified. About the pressure cooker explanation: another question: the picture of it, in addition to not being charred…shows it to be crushed or imploded. Wouldn't the explosion splay it out, instead?

  • irhologram

    Police say a Cedar Falls public works employee found the pipe bomb in a manhole Tuesday morning.
    Officials brought the device above ground and set it down before determining the device was suspicious. Police evacuated all the homes in the area and a child care center went on voluntary lockdown.
    KWWL reports the Waterloo Police Department Bomb Squad conducted the controlled explosion around 1:15 p.m. resulting in a muffled boom and a puff of smoke.

  • irhologram

    GWEN IFILL: Councillor Murphy, when that first blast went off, did you immediately think it was a bomb or did you think perhaps it was a pothole cover or a manhole cover exploding?

    STEPHEN MURPHY: That's what I thought; it was a manhole cover. We have had a few of those, usually in colder weather than this.

    The first time, I thought it was a manhole cover, but the size of the cloud and the fireball gave us pause. And then another one happened maybe 15, 20 seconds later probably 100 yards further down Boylston Street

  • irhologram

    and we saw people looking very distressed, and we kept asking ‘Do you know what happened, do you have any idea what happened?’ And they said that they thought they hear a manhole cover blow up.”

    Read more: Swampscott residents reflect on tragedy – Swampscott, MA – The Swampscott Reporter http://www.wickedlocal.com/swampscott/news/x848271569/Swampscott-residents-reflect-on-tragedy#ixzz2QjM9BV7w

  • irhologram

    It's ALL related. Reports confirm that the dramatic dip in the paper gold market was due to a deliberate speculative onslaught by major financial institutions with the complicity of the US Federal Reserve:
    According to Andrew Maguire, on Friday, April 12, the Fed’s agents hit the market with 500 tons of naked shorts. … In the paper gold market, the participants are betting on gold prices and are content with the monetary payment. Therefore, generally, as participants are not interested in taking delivery of the gold, naked shorts do not need to be covered with the physical metal. ….In other words, with naked shorts, no physical metal is actually sold.
    Consider the 500 tons of paper gold sold on Friday. Begin with the question, how many ounces is 500 tons? … What happens when 500 tons of gold sales are dumped on the market at one time or on one day? Correct, it drives the price down. … The sale took gold down by about $73 per ounce [Friday]. That means the seller or sellers lost up to $73 dollars 16 million times, or $1,168,000,000. (The Fed’s Assault On Gold: “Short Selling” and the Rigging of the Gold Market By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, April 15, 2013
    The collapse of the gold market is due to naked short selling. It’s a trillion dollar operation.


      they done this numerous times in the past irhologram. (Look into 1970s' Hunt Brothers and the collapse of the Silver precious metals market.) The purposeful devaluing of hard Gold assets has been repeated several times, over the last few years. This most recent devaluation indicates that they're seriously panicking. What so many nations recently going over to the BRIC exchange, they need to shore-up the Petro-Based-Dollar. Foreign policy issues are really coming under pressure as many countries are re-basing their exchange currency to Gold-based reserves.

      I'm just curious to why no one's filed RICO charges against the U.S. Federal government for criminal conspiracy. The Federal Reserve is a privately-held institution that continues to reek havoc on the U.S. Treasury. Other than enriching finance industry and government insiders, the incontrovertible evidence proves the Federal Reserve serves no legitimate purpose. Unless the idea is to destroy America's economy, there can be no other argument to why the U.S. government is continuing with this charade…

  • irhologram

    http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/sioux-falls-power-restoration-timeline-unknown/?id=142980. Remember when we were having the discussions about gas, possible methane explosions? This manhole explosion happened between 8th and 11th street, after an earlier report to the gas company of a gas leak…but the pipes checked out. It was blamed on a transformer fire in the underground electrical system that blew the methane in the sewer, closed 200 businesses and caused the relocation of lofts and apartment buildings in the area because of loss of power and heat.

  • irhologram


    SOOO. In light of continuing underground manhole explosions, I wanted to see what the moment of explosion. Here's a homegrown version. CCTV manhole explosion firecracker dropped down sewer ignites …
    Feb 17, 2012 – Uploaded by tinman0Z
    CCTV manhole explosion firecracker dropped down sewer ignites methane ….
    Does the fire flash look familiar? Does the smoke look familiar? Sure looks similar to the Boston Marathon explosion to me.

  • irhologram

    Pix showing continuing smoke from a hole in the sidewalk. There are a lot of pix, so you'll have to browse through, but one is an overhead shot that appears several times…you can find it by the woman in black jeans and shirt with a pink jacket vest, standing next to the smoke still coming up, and she's observing it. What got me interested was the woman victim on the ground in front of her that I thought must be "smoking" or if on top of the bomb fragment, why wasn't she being moved rather than being attended to? Then in other pix, I saw the hole. Do you see this? If the trajectory was "up," would the bomb dig a hole?

  • irhologram

    CNN reports a suspect is in custody with reference to two pressure cooker bombs and a discarded nylon sack and nails. Rising has been sent to a congressman and the president. A pipe bomb was found in a sewer in the Midwest yesterday. The sabotage with riddling bullets in this story. "Something" is going on. What are your theories?