Posted on 4/1/2015 1:44:00 AM by James Foster

The Mohawk community of Kanesatake has said no to the installation of new Hydro-Quebec smart meters, and for the time being, the utility is listening.

Radio-Canada is reporting that Grand Chief Serge Simon told Hydro workers himself that it would be in their best interest to leave.

Simon said that some men in the community were looking for them.

The workers packed up their tools and left.

Hydro-Quebec then warned employees last week not to install the new meters in Kanesatake because of security reasons.

The band council said there are fears for certain members of the community who are more sensitive to pollutants.

It asked Hydro-Quebec how much it would cost to produce an independent study on the impact of the smart meters.

According to a spokesperson with the utility, there will be a meeting with band council members in the coming weeks to go over the results of studies that currently exist.

The Band Council though remain steadfast; no new meters will be installed without its consent.