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Action wanted over smart meters

·                                 by  Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star
·                                 posted Oct 12, 2014 at 1:00 AM— updated Oct 12, 2014 at 7:19 AM
Spallumcheen is ringing alarm bells about smart meters.
Council wants assurances from the provincial government that B.C. Hydro smart meters do not cause fires, don’t create harmful radiation and aren’t prone to inaccuracy causing overbilling.
“Smart meters have been removed from Saskatchewan and some communities have refused them altogether,” said Coun. Ed Hanoski.
Council also wants to know if the meters are approved by the Underwriters Laboratory and Canadian Safety Standards.
Until these issues are clarified, council says residents who refuse a smart meter should be able to access an analog meter.
This letter has been copied and pasted and is for Spallumcheen, it's City Council and everyone living all over BC, because: BC Hydro, the BC Energy Minister, the provincial government and the BC Utilities Commission are NOT trustworthy!! Their lies are of no comfort to the people in BC who have lost their homes and or appliances, computers, etc. due to BC Hydro ripping their existing meters off their homes/businesses and replacing them with $$smart meters!! There have been more smart meter fires and failures in British Columbia then in Saskatchewan and Oregon combined! Every tax paying citizen in this province is being lied to and misled just so these bozos can keep lining their pockets... SO, are they REALLY getting away with it?

Viewpoint: Lies, lies and more lies
By Norm Hutton
Published: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 9:20 AM PDT
I would appreciate that the readers of this article use their mathematical skills to solve some of the following statements purported to be true. 

The statements were provided in an information bulletin from BC Hydro, dated August 24, 2014, called “BC Hydro’s new meters making electricity grid safer for customers.”

Itron is the manufacturer of smart meters. The meters are designed, manufactured and tested at the same facility in the United States that supplied BC Hydro with legacy digital meters for nearly a decade. This same facility also supplied BC Hydro with analog meters since the 1960s. Itron technology and services company did not exist before the year 1977. Do the math.

The bulletin states: “Just like an electrical socket, a properly functioning meter socket should be able to accommodate frequent meter exchanges. The exchange process is similar to unplugging and then plugging in an appliance.”

How frequently should these smart meters be exchanged? Are they that unreliable?

How does a person plug in the load

Liz Barris in California where BC Hydro supplies electricity...

1 of the 7 Smart meter rallies held in British Columbia on June 14, 2014. This one was in Burnaby and I also spoke at it.

David Chalke:

Bennett Should Resign Over Dangerous Smart Meter Program
By The Editor on
October 31, 2014

Sask Power’s CEO resigns over dangerous smart meter program; should BC’s Bennett be next?
By Sharon Noble-Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters. After eight smart meter failures (minor fires with little damage and no injuries), an immediate independent investigation of the
Saskatchewan smart meter program was demanded. Installations ceased, and smart meters were ordered removed from homes. In a highly critical report released on Oct. 27, Sask Power was found to have implemented the program without considering public safety a priority. Upon release of the report, the CEO of Sask Power, Mr. Robert Watson, resigned immediately, without severance.

After more than 28 fires and failures that are documented in official agencies’ documents, what has BC Energy Minister Bill Bennett done? Nothing,  in fact worse than nothing... He continues to deny these “events” have occurred. Has he asked for an investigation into the program, the safety of the smart meters, or to confirm that the public’s welfare is BC Hydro’s priority? No.

The BC government and BC Hydro rushed the implementation program, allowing no independent oversight into its procurement or safety. In 2008, the BC Utility Commission refused Fortis’s application for the same program for 2 basic reasons: the benefits did not justify the costs and the technology was too new, unproven, and was likely to need expensive upgrading. Could this have been why the government, in the Clean Energy Act, banned BCUC from any oversight whatsoever?

BC Hydro has been allowed to ignore regulations such as those in the BC Safety Standards Act, installing meters on our homes that have not been safety tested according to BC and Canadian Standards, and denying any responsibility for the multiple smart meter failures. BC Hydro has consistently put the blame on the homeowner.
The BC Safety Authority, an agency that has responsibility for the tracking and reporting of electrical malfunctions and the enforcement of the Safety Standards Act, was banned from reporting on any smart meter fault they found or from forcing BC Hydro to comply with the laws.

It’s time for a full independent investigation into BC Hydro’s smart meter program.

There have been far more failures and fires associated with the ItroN smart meter in BC than there have been in Saskatchewan, as found in official documents obtained through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. Yet BC Energy Minister Bill Bennett and the head of BC Hydro’s smart meter program, Greg Reimer, continue to deny any have occurred. Mr. Bennett has tried to mislead the public by saying  the brand of smart meters used in BC are not the same as used in
Saskatchewan. While this is true, the fact remains that fires and meter failures have occurred in BC.

Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters believes this is not just a coincidence. “It appears as if the government did not want any oversight at all from any agency that has the duty and responsibility to protect the public’s welfare. This lack of concern for the safety of the public is alarming.”
A Fire Report was sent to the government in August by the Coalition, with examples taken from FOI documents of “failures” as well as fires that were not tracked officially. Noble believes it is ludicrous for the government to deny that fires and failures have occurred when Hydro itself has reports to the contrary.

The Coalition believes that the lives and property of British Columbians are just as important as those of people living in
Saskatchewan. It is time for the government to do the right thing and end this dangerous program until and unless it can be proven to be safe.

Stop smart meters BC

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