Senate hearings begin to investigate Whitefish Energy's contract with Puerto Rico
03 November, 2017, 00:32 | Author: Douglas Reid
Whitefish Energy, a two-person outfit out of Whitefish, Mont., raised eyebrows when it landed the $300 million, no-bid contract in the weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and left the USA territory largely without power.
The FBI's San Juan field office is "looking into circumstances surrounding the deal", the Journal reported, citing three unnamed people familiar with the matter.
PREPA says it will allow Whitefish Energy to finish its current work, and pay for the work it has already completed, which will be tens of millions of dollars. The Guardian has contacted the FBI for confirmation of the investigation.
Frustrations in Puerto Rico have been building since the storm hit and recovery efforts have been slow to reconnect power to the island's 3.4 million residents.
Whitefish, which had only two full-time employees when Hurricane Maria made landfall, raised eyebrows after a Washington Post report noted the company was based in the same hometown as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
A Whitefish Energy pickup truck in Manati, Puerto Rico.
In a statement issued on Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Prepa was exclusively responsible for the contract and voiced its "significant concerns" about how the deal was procured and "whether the contract prices are reasonable".
Long said that FEMA would need more money than the $52 billion in emergency relief that has been allocated thus far.
The deal has been criticized by Puerto Rican officials and US federal authorities after details emerged that the terms of the deal had not been obtained through competitive public bidding.
"Following the information that has emerged, and with the goal of protecting public interest, as governor I am asking government and energy authorities to immediately activate the clause to cancel the contract to Whitefish Energy", Rossello said in a statement, as carried by Reuters.
According to the terms of the contract, Whitefish would be paid $319 an hour for a journeyman lineman, $286 an hour for a mechanic and $322 an hour for a foreman of a power line crew.
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