Underground Action Calendar

Deep Green Resistance maintains an international Underground Action Calendar to publicize and normalize the use of militant and underground tactics in the fight for justice and sustainability. Below, we excerpt actions from the area covered by the Southwest Coalition region of Deep Green Resistance. Listing an action does not necessarily mean we support the goals, strategies, or tactics of those actionists.

See also our Resistance Profiles for broader information on the strategies, tactics, goals, and effectiveness of various historic and contemporary resistance groups.

If you know of a published action appropriate to add to the Calendar, contact us at undergroundpromotion@deepgreenresistance.org

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DateLocationActionURLTargetsAttacksTags
2015-02-25FlagstaffArizonaUSFiber-optic line supplying data to much of northern AZ severedhttp://www.cbsnews.com/news/arizona-internet-phone-lines-centurylink-fiber-optic-line-cut-vandalism/011
2014-06-11NogalesArizonaUSIncendiary device set under the valve of a diesel tank at a power station adjoining a substationhttp://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/2014/06/16/threats-cyberattacks-just-serious-sabotage-seen-power-plant/10592857/1000001010
2013-04-16San JoseCaliforniaUSSaboteur(s) cut communication cables, then shoot multiple transformershttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metcalf_sniper_attack0010111
2003-10-20AndersonCaliforniaUSMan removes bolts from high voltage tower; is also suspected of doing so to three Oregon towershttp://articles.latimes.com/2003/nov/03/local/me-bolts30000000001000000000100
2015-06-30San Francisco BayCaliforniaUSThree fiber-optic cables cut in the last of 11 attacks over a year on high-capacity internet cableshttp://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/06/30/california-internet-outage/29521335/00000000001000000001000
2015-06-20WittmanArizonaUSWooden cell tower pole cut down, causing it to fall on power lines and trigger a power outagehttp://www.cbs5az.com/story/29369530/cellphone-tower-sabotaged-causing-power-outage00000000001001000001100
2016-09-25KanabUtahUSSniper shoots the cooling radiator on a substation transformer, disabling the transformer for monthshttp://www.deseretnews.com/article/865663594/Power-company-offers-rare-50K-reward-for-information-on-vandalism.html00000000000000000110000
1988-09-25Grand CanyonArizonaUSGroup cuts thirty-four power poles, disrupting power at three uranium mines, perhaps contributing to mine closurehttps://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/search/IncidentSummary.aspx?gtdid=198809250009000000000001001000000100
1986-05-14Palo VerdeArizonaUSMetal-weighted ropes thrown onto wires to short circuit high voltage power lineshttps://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/search/IncidentSummary.aspx?gtdid=198605140015000000000001001000000000
2014-12-10Los AngelesCaliforniaUSMan burns down seven story apartment complex under constructionhttp://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-davinci-fire-20160510-snap-story.html100100000000000000000000
2013-07-11PhoenixArizonaUS500kV transmission line damaged by rifle fire targeting insulators.https://publicintelligence.net/dhs-electric-grid-attacks/000000000000001000100000
2014-08-27San JoseCaliforniaUSSubstation attacked a year prior, supposedly hardened, has fence cut and equipment stolenhttps://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/29/us/california-power-substation-attacked-in-2013-is-hit-again.html000000000001000000010000
1990-04-23WatsonvilleCaliforniaUSEarth Night Action Group cuts two wooden transmission poles with hand saw, then topples steel towerhttp://articles.latimes.com/1990-04-25/news/mn-330_1_santa-cruz000000000001001000000100
1987-07-00Owens ValleyCaliforniaUSTwo guy wires on DC intertie tower cut, toppling two towers and disrupting the line for two dayshttp://lindsey-usa.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/07T-007-DC-ERS-4-1989.pdf000000000001001000000100
2017-06-08Mountain ViewCaliforniaUSDrone accidentally crashed into high voltage line, causing two hour power outagehttps://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/09/drone-crash-knocks-out-power-to-1600-in-mountain-view/000000000000001000000000
1981-07-04MoabUtahUSThree 345 kV transmission towers cut and toppledhttp://www.landrights.org/ALRA.oregon.eco-terrorism.htm000000000001001000000100
1980-00-00ColoradoUS3.2 miles of power lines downed after supports sawn throughhttp://sfbay-anarchists.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/electric-funeral1.pdf000000000001001000000100
2002-02-24Salt Lake CityUtahUSCrude bomb placed between breakers at substation causes black out and oil refinery firehttps://www.deseretnews.com/article/1001724/A-guilty-plea-in-Oly-bombing-of-power-substation.html001000000000000000010000
1977-08-30SausalitoCaliforniaUSGroup bombs substation, blacking out 6,000 customershttps://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/PG-E-Sausalito-substation-is-bombed-by-terrorists-2776315.php001000000000000000010000
1978-03-14Contra Costa CountyCaliforniaUSTwo bombs damage substation, blacking out up to 60,000 customershttps://www.nytimes.com/1978/03/24/archives/coast-bombing-expected-to-go-on-despite-arrests-interaction-between.html001000000000000000010000
1975-03-27BarstowCaliforniaUSFive pipe bombs wipe out three banks of transformers and blackout 35,000 homeshttps://www.nytimes.com/1975/04/09/archives/a-power-substation-on-coast-is-bombed-2d-time-in-12-days.html001000000000000000010000
1975-04-08BarstowCaliforniaUSClosely guarded substation transformers bombed second time in 12 days, blacking out 22,000 homes and small businesshttps://www.nytimes.com/1975/04/09/archives/a-power-substation-on-coast-is-bombed-2d-time-in-12-days.html001000000000000000010000
2015-03-00BakersfieldCaliforniaUSUnknown attackers on two successive nights cut through perimeter fence, then cut wiring for transformers, alarms, and motorshttps://www.kget.com/kc-in-depth/kern-county-in-depth-power-grid-vulnerability/283504922000000000001000000010000
2013-11-00BuckeyeArizonaUSFiber-optic communications cables cut; two weeks later, control building computer cabinets pried open, revealing multiple security failureshttps://web.archive.org/web/20180902173251/https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-america-could-go-dark-1468423254000000000001000000010000
2016-12-28La SalUtahUSCopper thieves damage substation enough to force a more than four hour outagehttps://www.rockymountainpower.net/about/nr/nr2017/copper-theft.html000000000001000000010000