Attempted sabotage was found at BPA transmission towers located near The Dalles, Maupin, Boardman and Umatilla, Oregon and Benton City, Washington. In addition to these BPA transmission lines, towers on major transmission lines owned and operated by other utilities were similarly sabotaged. These include PacifiCorp's transmission line near Klamath Falls, Oregon; Western Area Power Administration's transmission line near Anderson, California, and a Pacific Gas and Electric transmission line just outside of Sacramento, California. Because all the sabotage attempts were similar, there is strong reason to believe that they may all be the work of the same perpetrator(s).
The Sacramento Office of the FBI announced on Oct. 23 that a federal arrest warrant had been issued for Michael Devlyn Poulin, age 62, Spokane, Washington, in connection with the sabotage at Anderson, California. Poulin is wanted for questioning in connection with the other incidents.
Poulin is described as a white male, date of birth 9/22/41, 5'11", 250 pounds, black/gray hair, brown eyes, black/gray beard and wearing wire rim glasses. Poulin was observed driving a silver-gray 1997 Toyota T100 pickup truck with a white shell attached, Washington state license plate A36457P.
Citizens are asked to contact the nearest FBI office immediately if they observe any suspicious activity near high voltage transmission lines, know the whereabouts of Poulin, or observe anyone or any vehicle matching the descriptions. The FBI is coordinating the investigation with the California Highway Patrol, Oregon State Patrol and Washington State Patrol, as well as local law enforcement agencies in the affected areas.