California senator pushes utility security bill

by Paul Elias, Associated Press
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Prompted by last year’s sabotage shooting attack of a PG&E substation, a California lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require utilities to beef-up security.

State Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo, announced the proposed legislation at a press conference Monday in San Francisco. Hill said serious security holes were exposed by the April attack by sniper shots of a substation near San Jose, Calif. that knocked out 17 transformers.

Officials rerouted power to avoid a blackout, but it took PG&E workers nearly a month to repair the damage. No arrests have been made.

Hill’s bill would require utilities to assess security risks and make needed improvements.

A PG&E spokesman said the utility is reviewing bill. He said the utility began revamping its security after the attack.

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