Friday, August 1, 2014

Smart Meter News

Staying the Course on Meters

Bennett shrugs at SaskPowers' decision

Released by Sharon Nobel, CSSMBC/Voice file photo

 

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Bill Bennett sits on the Fianace Committee during BC government budget consultations in October 2011 at the Coast Hotel.

 

nergy Minister Bill Bennett admits to smart meter fires in British Columbia, but rather than do anything, he expresses disappointment that Saskatchewan is taking action to protect its citizens.

 

On July 30 Saskatchewan Energy Minister Bill Boyd called a halt to the smart meter program, demanding removal of 105,000 meters after 8 “failures”, that include fires and exploding meters.


“I think the concerns about safety are paramount here, the concerns are significant enough, anytime families are at risk in Saskatchewan, actions have to be taken and that’s why we’ve directed SaskPower accordingly,” said Minister Boyd.


In British Columbia, where we’ve had more “failures”, which have also included fires and exploding meters, Bill Bennett and BC Hydro consistently have refused to acknowledge the danger and, instead, put the blame on homeowners’ meter bases and wiring. It doesn’t matter why a home burns after a smart meter has been installed – whether it was because the inexperienced installer damaged the base or that the meter heated up due to design flaws. The fact is that property and lives have been put at risk and our government is refusing to protect us.


Bennett is sorry that Saskatchewan is taking this action. ““It’s unfortunate that Saskatchewan is doing what it’s doing…”


Why? Because it shows that some provincial governments are more concerned about their citizens than others.


It puts BC to shame.


Finally, Bennett is admitting there have been fires due to smart meters in BC. This is a first, but it’s way too late.
 

Fires have been occurring for the last 3 years, and Hydro and Liberals have denied it. The evidence has been hidden and people have been living with a fire hazard on their bedroom walls. He’s told Hydro to find out how many have occurred. That may be difficult because no agency is tracking them.


Why is Bennett asking for a count? Is it just because he feels he must do something? Saskatchewan doesn’t know why the meters have caused fires – they are taking action because fires have occurred. We have had many fires and incidents in BC, and nothing has been done to protect us. Instead the program has been protected with lies and
cover-ups. Do we not deserve the same precautionary action as Saskatchewan?


The Coalition to Stop Smart Meters asks, ” Please tell us, Mr. Bennett, what is the right number, how many homes must burn before you will stop this dangerous program??”
 

For more information and the latest updates visit www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca 

 

 

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