[Rushtalk] Smart meters in the news
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:
>>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 Hawks
>>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 sheriffs 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 Hawks 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 meters
>>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 sheriffs 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 sheriffs patrol car drove
>>onto Hawks 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, Im here to protect
>> AEP Youll either have the meter or well 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
>>Ohios 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
>>Hawks 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. Jordans office and
>>the emergency offices of AEP for comment.
>>Jordans D.C. office has no emergency contact
>>number, just voice mail. And the AEP emergency
>>operator referred us to the companys main
>>offices, which were closed for the weekend.
>>A call to Governor John Kasichs 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)
>>Shortly after this story was posted, a
>>representative from Governor John Kasichs
>>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
>>governors 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. Hawks 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.
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