FBI Investigating Another North Carolina Substation Attack

This is part of a nation-wide trend that has occurred in the last few months and, according to Politico, that has increased in the past decade.

Another power substation in North Carolina has been damaged because of apparent gunfire, energy officials said Tuesday. The damage occurred at a power substation in Thomasville, about an hour away from Moore County, where just weeks ago two other substations were attacked by gunfire.

EnergyUnited said that company officials learned of an “equipment issue” at the Pleasant Hill Substation on Tuesday morning, at which time crews were sent to assess the situation. There, they found that a transformer had been damaged “from an apparent gunshot” and law enforcement was notified.

No customers who get their power from the substation experienced an outage, the company said.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that police responded to a “vandalism call” at the substation, and that investigators responded to the scene. The FBI and the State Bureau of Investigations were also notified, police said.

After New Years Day, 2 men in Washington were arrested after sabotaging a substation during Christmas as part of a plan to rob businesses. The pattern of vandalism or attacks against substations better fits the pattern of eco-terrorist groups who oppose the use of fossil fuels since most energy providers use fossil fuel-powered facilities to generate electricity.

With all of the fires occurring, there are still accusations that food production facilities are being attacked, yet there is still no proof of intentional wrongdoing. They are, however, vulnerable to cyberattacks including after structure fires. No matter who is involved in acts of sabotage or vandalism conducted on power substation or any production facilities, hopefully the suspects will quickly be caught and prosecuted.