did ITRON know and when did they know it? They knew these smart meters
were dangerous and they knew from the very beginning. We, the taxpayers
who fund BC Hydro, demand a refund from ITRON for selling a defective,
ITRON’s smart meters have
design flaws that make them fire hazards. These were sold to many places
before they were sold to BC Hydro, so ITRON had to have been aware of
problems long before the contract was signed.
Failures and fires have occurred in BC. How many no one knows because no
one is tracking. BCUC was told through the Clean Energy Act and
Direction 4 it had no authority to interfere in the smart meter program
in any way. BC Safety Authority has been told to butt out of the smart
meter program. And the Provincial Fire Commissioner doesn’t track
specific causes of fires. So no one knows, except, perhaps BC Hydro and
they’re not talking.
But now, through sworn testimony in a legal action in Texas obtained by
Sharon Noble, Director of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, we learn
that there have been many incidents of ITRON Openway smart meters – the
same model used by BC Hydro and Fortis BC – failing and burning,
palettes of them, according to one testimonial.
Now is the time, before more homes are damaged, and more lives put at
risk, to say this program is a fiasco. WE WANT THIS PROGRAM ENDED, AND
WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK.
Noble says, “Whenever we purchase something that doesn’t work the way it
is supposed to, we can return it and expect our money back. These smart
meters were purported to be safe, just as safe as the old analogues. But
they aren’t and now we have proof from a completely independent source –
a Texas court. Bill Bennett needs to stop this program, recall the smart
meters, demand that analogues be put back in place, and send ITRON the
Certainly ITRON knew long ago that these meters were cheaply made with
flaws that could cause the meters to fail catastrophically. They should
have warned us – it should not be up to us to have to fight to protect
our homes. WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK.
Watch an interview with
Sharon Noble on YouTube
here. For more information about the smart meter fight, visit
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