“The head of Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Agency, known as PREPA, has resigned, as half the island still has no electricity two months after Hurricane Maria. Ricardo Ramos had faced widespread outrage for signing a $300 million contract with the tiny Montana-based company Whitefish, named after the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Whitefish is now threatening to sue Puerto Rico’s Electrical Power Agency, claiming the power authority owes the company $83 million dollars.” via Democracy Now:
The neverending saga of Whitefish Energy, the tiny two-person company that received the no-bid contract to restore electricity to United States territory and hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico is now threatening to sue.
This comes after reports that, according to VOX:
“The company is headquartered in Interior Secretary Zinke’s hometown of Whitefish, Montana, a town of 7,200, and is financed by a private equity firm run by a major donor to President Trump.
One of Zinke’s sons worked for a summer on a construction site for Andy Techmanski, Whitefish’s CEO.”
Full story: The FBI is investigating Whitefish Energy’s contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s grid
Also, the New York Times reported: The Lineman Got $63 an hour. The Utility Was Billed $319 an hour.
That is a great rate of return on Whitefish Energy’s investment to restore electricity to Puerto Rico and now it seems that
According to CNN:
“PREPA, $9 billion in debt before Hurricane Maria, came under fire and derision after it emerged the agency signed a $300 million contract with Whitefish, a young company with just two full-time employees when the storm smashed the island’s power grid. FEMA said it would never have supported the contract.
There were also concerns about how Whitefish approached Puerto Rican authorities and how both Techmanski and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are from the same small Montana town.”
Via NPR: Here’s What’s In That $300 Million Whitefish Contract