1) Many of you have told me that you are planning on taking the Fire Report to your MLA within the next few days. Terrific. May I suggest that in your meeting (or letter) you ask for specific actions by your elected representative? For example, ask him if he will step forward, speak to the media and to his party leaders about this risk? Ask if he will ask that the $meter installation be stopped and smeters be removed from homes – just as is being done in Saskatchewan?
Please don’t fall for the assurance that a report commissioned and paid for by BC Hydro, done by former head of the Fire Chiefs’ Association shows that smeters actually reduce the number electrical fires. Remind your MLA that he/she works for you.
2) Last night BC Hydro released a press release in an attempt to refute the Fire Report without directly addressing it, saying that the smeters are improving the safety of the $$mart grid. Please note that BC Hydro does not deny that fires have occurred.
Attached is a rebuttal that I am sending out to every media outlet and newspaper – but I ask that you circulate it to your newspapers, and your contacts, too.
3) Non smeter – Wireless Technology: convenient, fun and quite dangerous.
Sent: August 26, 2014 6:57 PM
Subject: Lack of oversight
I am impressed with your hard-hitting article on the Mount Polley Mine disaster.
Or as one Mine representative called it “an accident”, as opposed to negligent and deliberate acts by both Mine operators and by the Agencies supposedly acting as watchdogs.
On another critical subject for Mr. Bennett is the latest press release this week from the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters BC, http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/
with more to follow, describing much the same absence of checks and balances. In particular the glaring absence of technical oversight of BC Hydro during the implementation of the $mart meter system. And the neutering of the British Columbia Utilities Commission by Order-in-Council and by the 2010 Clean Energy Act, and the non-involvement by the BC Safety Authority. So there is no-one except the Public to keep watch and call foul.
There are so many parallels to the Mount Polley disaster and probably other tragedies such as Lake Megantic in Quebec, where Rules and Regulations were not followed and a lack of oversight resulted in 45 people being killed.
I hope that you can use your wisdom and knowledge to highlight this BC travesty.
Thank you and keep up the good work,
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters