Fortis updates RDOS directors

Smart meters on the way in spite of public concern about health issues

Fortis BC representative Bob Gibney, Manager of Corporate and Aboriginal Affairs,  told the regional district Environment and Infrastructure Committee that an engineering firm had completed a study of the Similkameen Hydro Project, which will be reviewed prior to the next course of action taken.

Fortis is looking at the possibility of constructing a dam on the Similkameen River several kilometres upstream from Princeton. The company currently holds the water rights for that section of the river. As yet, Fortis does not have a feasibility study completed for the project

Gibney also spoke to the board about smart meters, which appear headed for residential homes in the regional district.  Summerland Director Janice Perrino and Penticton Director Andrew Jakubeit expressed a desire to see the company keep the public up to date about their plans.

Gibney told Jakubeit that the company was not considering an “opt out” policy for the smart meters, in spite of concerns.


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