The British Columbia-based group, Citizens for Safe Technology, filed a complaint recently against BC Hydro’s ‘smart’ meter program there, stating that the regulatory body that should be exercising oversight and review isn’t doing its job. This is a familiar story to us in California, as we have watched our own utility commission repeatedly accept utility priorities as their own, rather than acting to protect the consumer. Press release:
Citizens’ Group Seeks Injunction
Against Smart Meter Program
A complaint has been filed under Section 47 of the Utilities Commission Act requesting an injunctive freeze on the wireless component of the Smart Meter Program without delay. This action is being taken to engage the Commission’s administrative function as a regulator of BC Hydro in accordance with the rule of law; only by operation of the rule of law can the public interest in health, security, privacy and safety be factored into Smart Meter Program decisions.
Up until now, the Commission as a regulator has been left out and, with that, any consideration of the public interest has been eliminated from BC Hydro’s decision. The action taken is about preserving the regulatory oversight and democratic process we uphold under the rule of law in British Columbia. BC Hydro cannot be allowed to act with impunity, without regard to the public interest, on a matter that raises serious concerns with respect to human health, environmental integrity, individual privacy and civil liberties.
The Clean Energy Act purports to excuse BC Hydro from having to obtain a BCUC issued Certificate of “public convenience and necessity” but not with respect to the wireless and snooping components of the Smart Meter Program. The Commission is requested to issue relief on an urgent and interim basis, without hearing and without delay, so as to effectively freeze any and all activity being carried out by BC Hydro in contravention of section 45(1) of the Utilities Commission Act. Any delay in the issuance of the relief sought will allow BC Hydro to continue with unauthorized expenditures associated with the Unauthorized Extensions. This Action is taken to preserve and give weight to the public interest with regard to the deployment of the Smart Meter Program in British Columbia.
David M. Aaron, Barrister & Solicitor
Tel: 250.551.6840 Fax: 866.685.7376
Sharon Noble, CST Legal Liaison, – firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: (619)628-1947
Una St.Clair, CST Executive Director, – una@citizensforsafetechnology.
Industry Media on this: http://www.smartmeters.com/the-news/2915-canadian-advocacy-group-follows-injunction-suit.html
SMART METERS WORSE THAN CIGARETTES
Smart meters are more damaging than cigarettes.
And because of the Internet, people are finding out about the problems (health problems, privacy violation problems, billing increases, national security problems) much faster than they did with cigarettes.
Also, cigarettes are a personal choice and the utility companies overstepped their boundaries when they lied and misrepresented that smart meters were mandatory when the National Energy Policy was “To offer smart meters,” NOT force them onto people’s homes.
I read an interview of an employee of a cigarette factory in the mid-west.
He said nobody knows (except the people at the factory) how many toxic chemicals go into regular cigarettes. He said that is all the additives in cigarettes that cause the cancer, not the tobacco itself.
If one needs to smoke cigarettes, smoke only additive free brands, and organic if you can afford them.
Scrap the SmartMeters and smoke dakine if you got em !
I have a smartmeter installed at my house on Dec 2011, on Jan 23,2012 I received a phone call from an electrician company hire by Corix asking me to make an appointment to come in to my house to do work for up to 2 Days. the reasons they gave me is there is wire tempering in the electrical panel! In my opinion, the installer from Corix made a mistake! Warning to other home owner if you experience the same situation I face, Please let us know! We are being bullied by BC HYDRO!
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