BC Hydro compliance misleading

Golden couple questions BC Hydro's methods of compliance regarding the new smart meters.

Dear editor,

Regarted the submitted article published in the Golden Star on Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014 entitled “More than 6,000 refuse new meters”; Jeff Nagal of Black Press states that BC Hydro reports “99 per cent of its customers now have the wireless meter.” A big question is how they cot that level of compliance.

On Jan. 15, we would have been added to that per cent if we hadn’t been home when the Corix installer came to our house. Despite having three refusal letters on file with BC Hydro, he came onto our property ready to install the smart meter in his bag.

When we said “no,” he told us it would cost os $65 for his call-our to our house and $35 per month for reading our meter. The $65 was for him to do nothing and we certainly hadn’t asked him to come. But if he installed a free meter then all the fees would be waived and it would cost us nothing.

When asked, he told us that, yes, he would install a smart meter if people weren’t home, even if they had a sign on their meter saying “no.” This is in contravention of the Tariff Act. We urge those who do not want a smart meter to be alert to any Corix vehicles and feel free to call us (250-344-2522) if you have recently had a meter installed against your wishes while you were away from your home. We can pass the information on to someone who may help.

You are not alone in dealing with Corix or BC Hydro. Check out two websites: www.stopmeters.ca and www.citizensforsafetechnology.org. A number of people in town have the documentary film “Take Back Your Power,” which gives you more information, including documentation on health effects and exposure from radio frequency signals (response to Jeff Nagal’s article). Again, please call us if you are interested in seeing the film, and we can arrange a viewing of it.

Dave and Inge Clapperton