Support Maine legal fight on Smart Meter safety

Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
P.O. Box 43
Richmond, ME 04357

January 28, 2014

Our precedent-setting Maine investigation into the safety of smart meters continues with the recent filing of final legal briefs at the Public Utilities Commission. What remains is a final report from PUC staff to the Commissioners, the Commissioner’s decision and possibly a separate proceeding on remedy. Win or lose, appeals are likely.

We last asked you for money on October 22, 2012 when our legal fees, billed at a discounted rate were about $68,000. We are asking again for your support now with fees up to $160,000.

Please support this effort helping all of us!

In the effort to stop smart meters from eroding our health and legal rights, Maine is first in the nation:

1. Fighting for, obtaining and retaining right to opt out.

2. Appealing a rejected Public Utilities Commission [PUC] complaint to a state’s highest court.

3. Winning a state Supreme Court victory in a smart meter case.

4. To have a high court remanding a smart meter complaint back to the PUC.

5. Conducting a full PUC investigation into health and safety of smart meters.

6. With a PUC determining they will not be limited by FCC guidelines in their investigation.

These accomplishments have come at great personal cost borne by a very few, both in terms of thousands of hours of volunteer time and substantial legal fees. Please help make this a community-supported effort!

We are in an excellent position to win back our rights as Maine statute dictates the Public Utilities Commission shall ensure safe service and that utilities shall furnish the same. The heavy burden is on them to guarantee safety. Winning in Maine helps those across the country. “As Maine Goes, So Goes the Nation.”

The Coalition does not have tax-deductible status. However, in an effort to assist in the elimination of smart meters, the mid-coast Maine environmental group Friends of Merrymeeting Bay [FOMB], with 501(c) (3) status, has agreed to accept and pass through tax-deductible donations of $250 or more in direct support of our work. Donations of this level should be sent to FOMB, P.O. Box 233, Richmond, ME 04357. Write “smart meters” in your memo line. Smaller checks should be sent to the Coalition letterhead address. Appreciated securities are also welcome through FOMB-call Ed Friedman at 207-666-3372.

For many of us, smart meters are a line in the sand we will not cross. What other device imposes mandated radiation emissions on us 24/7, invades our privacy, steals our personal data, infringes on several of our constitutional rights and compromises our personal and grid cybersecurity? We as citizens must fight, and support the fight to stop this.

In order to succeed, we need your financial help now.

Thanks so very much! Ed Friedman, Dianne Wilkins, Deborah Oliver & Kathleen McGee

Resistance…..because harm is not an option
& extortion is not a choice.

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