[Rushtalk] Smart meters in the news

Paf Dvorak notmyname at thatswaytoomuch.info
Mon Feb 11 04:15:44 MST 2013


At 05:49 AM 2/11/2013 -0500, John A. Quayle wrote:
>         Oh, but there's NOTHING to worry about, is there?!?

This is a problem caused by and continued by government.
I'm sure everything will be better if we all just vote the bastards out.
It's bound to get better, don't you think?



>At 10:47 PM 2/10/2013, Paf Dvorak wrote:
>>
>><http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/09/handicapped-woman-refuses-smart-meter-has-power-cut-in-the-dead-of-winter/>http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/09/handicapped-woman-refuses-smart-meter-has-power-cut-in-the-dead-of-winter/ 
>>
>>
>>UPDATED: Handicapped Woman Refuses Smart Meter 
>>­ Has Power Cut in the Dead of Winter
>>Feb. 9, 2013 2:31pm Mike Opelka
>>
>>
>>UPDATE: Office of Ohio Governor Kasich intervenes. Details posted below.
>>
>>A handicapped woman in western Ohio has to 
>>battle the freezing winter weather this weekend 
>>because she refused to allow the local power 
>>company to install a “smart meter” on her property.
>>Handicapped Ohio Woman Has Power Cut for 
>>Refusing Smart Meter for Health Reasons
>>
>>Brenda Hawk (Image: YouTube screenshot)
>>
>>Brenda Hawk has a pacemaker for her heart and 
>>because her brain was injured in a car 
>>accident, she requires a breathing machine in 
>>order to sleep at night. She does not want the 
>>new radio-frequency emitting meter because of 
>>the health problems these devices have been 
>>said to cause. But American Electric Power 
>>AEP-Ohio, the local power company, has 
>>persisted in their push to swap out Hawk’s 
>>analog meter and replace it with the new one.
>>
>>The Blaze spoke with Hawk on Saturday. At the 
>>time, she was using a kerosene heater to stay 
>>warm in the freezing weather. Hawk gave us a basic timeline on the story.
>>
>>In October of last year, a utility worker 
>>arrived on her property and announced that he 
>>had removed her old analog power meter and 
>>replaced it with a new one. Hawk told him that 
>>she had not approved the meter swap and 
>>requested that the old one be restored. A 
>>series of phone calls between Hawk, the power 
>>company and the sheriff’s office was enough to 
>>get the new meter pulled out and the old one re-installed.
>>
>>Fast forward to Jan. 24, 2013. A certified 
>>letter from AEP executive Ralph Rocca, Jr. 
>>arrived at Hawk’s home announcing that she 
>>would be getting a new meter or her power would 
>>be cut off. Her efforts to contact Rocca were 
>>not successful. All that Hawk wanted was a 
>>guarantee from the company that the new meter’s 
>>electrical signals would not interfere with her 
>>pacemaker. The company could not give her that 
>>assurance and it was her position that unless 
>>and until they did, no “smart meter” would be installed.
>>
>>On January 25, after the letter arrived, she 
>>called the local sheriff’s office and claims 
>>that call was not returned. Hawk also wrote 
>>letters to her Congressional Representative Jim 
>>Jordan and Ohio Governor John Kasich asking why 
>>the new meter program had no “opt-out” clause 
>>for health reasons. Those letters were not responded to either.
>>
>>On Feb. 1, 2013, a woman from AEP did call Hawk 
>>and asked about her concerns with the new 
>>meter. Again, Hawk explained the problem with 
>>the radio signals and her pacemaker. The 
>>company rep reportedly told her that it was as 
>>harmless as a microwave oven. Hawk cannot have 
>>a microwave oven in her home because of the 
>>problems it creates for her pacemaker. That 
>>phone call ended with the AEP representative 
>>announcing that the new meter would be 
>>installed next week or the power would be cut.
>>
>>On Friday, February 8, two trucks from the 
>>power company and a sheriff’s patrol car drove 
>>onto Hawk’s property, uninvited. She informed 
>>them that they did not have an easement and 
>>therefore did not have access to the property 
>>and she intended to deny them access. Her 
>>question to the Allentown Sheriff was a simple one.
>>
>>   “Are you here to protect my property rights?”
>>
>>Hawk said that his response was shocking.
>>
>>   “No” said the sheriff, “I’m here to protect 
>> AEP – You’ll either have the meter or we’ll turn your power off.”
>>
>>Hawk asked the officer and the power company 
>>reps how they could turn off the power to a 
>>home in the winter when it directly violates an 
>>Ohio law preventing elderly and disabled people 
>>from being without heat during winter months. 
>>They asked to be shown the law. Hawk quoted 
>>Ohio’s public utility law Chapter 4933: 
>>COMPANIES – GAS, ELECTRIC, WATER, OTHERS.
>>
>>Hawk surmised that this law only prevents 
>>shutting off the power of people who do not pay 
>>their utility bills. She claims to have never 
>>missed a payment and is currently not in arrears with the power company.
>>
>>Within minutes, the power was disconnected and 
>>Hawk’s home was without heat or water during 
>>one of the coldest weekends of the winter. Last 
>>night the temperature was in the mid-teens and 
>>the high temperatures for the weekend do not promise to get above 40 degrees.
>>
>>As of Saturday afternoon, Hawk was trying to 
>>stay warm by a kerosene heater, but she worries 
>>about her horse, her chickens and the dog and 
>>cat that live with her. Without power, she is 
>>unable to draw water from her well, and her 
>>animals need water every day. She had a 
>>sleepless night because her breathing 
>>assistance equipment was useless without power. 
>>Her basement has also started filling with 
>>water, because her sump pump cannot work without electricity.
>>
>>We tried to reach both Rep. Jordan’s office and 
>>the emergency offices of AEP for comment. 
>>Jordan’s D.C. office has no emergency contact 
>>number, just voice mail. And the AEP emergency 
>>operator referred us to the company’s main 
>>offices, which were closed for the weekend.
>>
>>A call to Governor John Kasich’s office was 
>>returned and follow-up is expected soon. We 
>>will update this story as we get additional information.
>>
>>Here is the video of Hawk telling her story to 
>>a member of the Ohio 9-12 Project.
>>
>>This is not the first time that the subject of 
>>“smart meters” has appeared on The Blaze. Just 
>>last month, we brought you the story of 
>>Jennifer Stahla Naperville, Ill.woman who was 
>>arrested after refusing to allow a “smart 
>>meter” to be installed on her property.
>>
>>Last summer, another pacemaker patient had 
>>problems with the “smart meter” emitting radio 
>>frequency that interfered with his implant. 
>>Since the meter was removedthe problem has disappeared.
>>
>>(H/T: The 912 Project)
>>
>>
>>
>>UPDATE:
>>
>>Shortly after this story was posted, a 
>>representative from Governor John Kasich’s 
>>office called The Blaze asking for any 
>>additional background and contact information for Brenda Hawk.
>>
>>Less than an hour after the first call from the 
>>governor’s office, we were again contacted and 
>>told that “something should be done soon.”
>>
>>We are pleased to report that less than three 
>>hours after we reported on this story, a 
>>utility crew returned to Ms. Hawk’s home and 
>>reestablished her electrical power. In a phone 
>>conversation with the very happy homeowner, we 
>>learned that many Blaze readers had also 
>>reached out and tried to help her by contacting 
>>various government agencies. Apparently, 
>>switchboards at the state Capitol and senior 
>>service agencies were flooded with calls on her 
>>behalf. Brenda very modestly asked that we 
>>thank everyone “who wasted their Saturday on me.”
>>
>>Paf Dvorak
>>
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