A Smart Meter bombshell?
Surrey-Whiterock MLA Gordon Hogg’s office just released information that is being welcomed by the many thousands of British Columbians opposed to the forced installation of wireless smart meters.
Mr. Hogg’s office reports that last Wednesday, Energy Minister Rich Coleman advised that individual home owners who continue to refuse installation of smart meters will not be forced to have one: “…if you say ‘no’ and do not consent – that is the end of it….You will not be ‘forced’ into having one or be in fear of it being installed when you are not at home.”
Policies for multiple family buildings and strata units have yet to be clarified. The office advises that anyone who has a smart meter and suffers an existing medical condition should contact BC Hydro (firstname.lastname@example.org), with a copy to Honourable Rich Coleman at email@example.com, asking that the meter be replaced with a non-radiating analog. Individual MLAs should be copied, and it is expected that any further assistance would be available from them.
Citizens for Safe Technology and the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters estimate that more than 250,000 homeowners have resisted having these devices, many on the basis of health conditions which could be exacerbated by the prolonged exposure to microwave radiation. Based on this information, it would appear that British Columbia now joins Quebec and many US states in allowing individual opt-outs.
Many thousands want their smart meters removed due to increased electricity bills, to the risk of fire, or to concern for security and the Coalition is gathering names. If you would like to add your name to this long and growing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line “Remove meter.”
This article is a press release from Stop Smart Meters BC.