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Monday, October 30, 2017

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is canceling its controversial $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings to restore the island's hurricane-ravaged electrical grid, officials announced Sunday. Ricardo Ramos, executive director of PREPA, said at a press conference he would honor Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's Sunday morning request to terminate the business deal, which has raised questions from several lawmakers and government agencies. ... The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday that it had "significant concerns" over PREPA's decision to award Whitefish the contract earlier this month and would be conducting a review.

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Whitefish, a two-year-old firm based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's Montana hometown and financially backed in part by a major donor to President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, had just two full-time employees when Hurricane Maria hit the island more than a month ago.

Language in the contract ― a full copy is here ― appeared to give Whitefish a sweetheart deal as the people of Puerto Rico struggle to recover from the devastation of the hurricane.

The contract stated that, "In no event shall [government bodies] have the right to audit or review the cost and profit elements." That gave Whitefish wide discretion and privacy over how it used $300 million in U.S. taxpayer money.

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What a perfect legacy for this abysmal administration to be remembered for: Criminal-style graft built upon the detritus of human suffering and deprivation.

Bush's Katrina will later be viewed as 'the not quite so bad 'ole days' henceforth, and that's saying something I never imagined would be uttered or sanely thought.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-10-29 02:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

The perpetrators of this crime should go to jail. In no way should Puerto Rico honor this contract. Hey, if the crooks don't like it tell them to sue PR. Good luck with that.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-29 03:05 PM | Reply

Steve Schooner, a former high-ranking government contracting official who currently teaches government contracts at George Washington University, said the Whitefish contract gives him great material for his upcoming classes because there's so many problems with it.
"The contract ― both the process and the content ― rivals, and in some ways exceeds, some of the best final exams I've written for my students over the last two decades," he said.

Requests for comment from PREPA and from Whitefish were not returned.

Tiefer, for one, said the facts aren't out yet but it's clear something "went very wrong" with the way this was awarded. "Let's put it this way," he said. "Whitefish didn't make the shortlist because of a world class reputation."

Ya think?

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-10-29 03:43 PM | Reply

donnie dealbreaker's friends deserve that 300 million no bid contract.

-- every republican

#4 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-10-29 03:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Just heard on NPR, the Gov. is cancelling the contract, I think he must have read my post above. LOL!

#5 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-29 06:00 PM | Reply

#5

It looks that way

www.wral.com

However while the governor has announced it the cancellation doesn't become effective till the head of PREPA signs off on the cancellation and it will probably still go on for 30 days after that. So keep an eye on it this could very well be an effort to take our eyes off the ball and then change nothing once no one is paying attention.

#6 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-10-29 06:10 PM | Reply

That swamp is bone dry now.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2017-10-29 06:16 PM | Reply

This is bound to implicate Sec. of the Interior Zinke. Seems weird that the Sec. of the Interior has anything to do with PR.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-29 06:17 PM | Reply


Is the new swamp more putrid than the old swamp?

Is the Trump administration less concerned about actually draining the swamp, and more concerned about replacing the swamp with its billionaire buddies?

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-10-30 11:50 PM | Reply

Shows how the media can be a positive force when it does it's job well.

#10 | Posted by Sully at 2017-10-31 09:43 AM | Reply

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Seems weird that the Sec. of the Interior has anything to do with PR.

#8 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2017-10-29 06:17 PM | FLAG:

It's not. PR is a US territory. The Office of Insular Affairs executes federal policy in our territories. The OIA belongs to the Dept of the Interior.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-10-31 12:16 PM | Reply

How many months is it going to take to get another contractor?

#12 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-10-31 12:38 PM | Reply

How many months is it going to take to get another contractor?

#12 | POSTED BY SNIPER AT 2017-10-31 12:38 PM | REPLY

The same amount of time it took to get one for Florida. (Hint mutual aid from other states did the work there)

www.grda.com

Funny how brown people in PR have to pay for what Floridians got for free

#13 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-10-31 02:02 PM | Reply

Have you ever driven a line truck to PR?

#14 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-10-31 02:33 PM | Reply

If only someone invented something you could put a line truck on that could take it across the water to Puerto Rico.

Or did Whitefish Energy have a hidden warehouse full of line trucks already there?

#15 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-10-31 02:53 PM | Reply

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