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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Montana's Whitefish Energy is due to leave Puerto Rico on November 30, after their contract with the island's power company was terminated two weeks ago. But there is more dirty laundry being pulled out for scrutiny and it concerns money, as usual. Whitefish Energy, a very small company in Montana, hired contractors from Florida, something the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) could have done and sent them to Puerto Rico, paying them 1/7 what they were charging PREPA. According to the New York Times, electrical workers are earning $42 an hour, senior power linemen are getting $63 an hour and 40 linemen are earning $100 an hour, double-time. However, according to the contract, Whitefish Energy is billing PREPA $319 an hour for linemen. ... To make matters worse, Whitefish is billing two to three times the usual rate for helicopters, at $4,000 an hour, as well as aviation fuel, and $412 a day per worker for food and hotel stays.

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Whitefish contract states, "In no event shall [government bodies] have the right to audit or review the cost and profit elements."

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File Whitefish's contract under #drainingtheswamp. It's not what you know, but who you donate to.

If anyone is truly shocked about this level of corruption from the TrumpCrime Administration they are either lying or a total moron.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-13 02:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

To make matters worse, Whitefish is billing two to three times the usual rate for helicopters, at $4,000 an hour, as well as aviation fuel, and $412 a day per worker for food and hotel stays.

Posted by lamplighter at 12

It's obvious that the people of Puerto Rico should have planned their lives better.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-13 02:55 PM | Reply

$4000 hr for a helicopter seems pretty standard. A Blackhawk here in LA costs $3800 hr just to go out and survey levees. As for the personnel, the hourly rates don't seem that far out of the norm when you consider that they have to bring all their own gear in and support them from offshore. In any case, still sounds cheaper than hiring a New York unionista.

#3 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-11-13 05:59 PM | Reply

One is the price you pay when the lights have gone out and have bad credit. The other price when you have time to take competitive bids and the vendors have a reasonable expectation that they will be paid in full.

#4 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-11-14 08:11 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

One is the price you pay when the lights have gone out and have bad credit. The other price when you have time to take competitive bids and the vendors have a reasonable expectation that they will be paid in full.

#4 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

Really? Usually when that happens I call someone experienced and capable of handling the issue rather than a small company in Montana that just hires a bunch of other random contractors on my behalf and bills me at ten times the normal rate.

Why do you post if you are going to say ridiculous things?

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-14 11:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Bottom Line:

People with integrity don't overcharge or use a catastrophe as an opportunity to extract cash from desperate people.

#6 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-11-14 11:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"Why do you post if you are going to say ridiculous things?"

Because he gets paid to defend the indefensible.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-14 12:20 PM | Reply

Have to wonder if Sec. Zinke is getting a kickback.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-14 12:22 PM | Reply

8
I think he's got crook potential, but I don't know anything about these energy firm contracts. I'd hate for it to be true because he is a former military badass, but this guy has a look...

#9 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-11-14 12:32 PM | Reply

People with integrity don't overcharge or use a catastrophe as an opportunity to extract cash from desperate people.

#6 | Posted by hatter5183

Yeah, but these are brown people on an island. And they don't even speak English!

And you know ... the island is surrounded by big oceans.

So we have to charge them double.

Did I mention how big the oceans are? They so Big! Trust me.

Double good big. Bigly even.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-14 04:16 PM | Reply

When the island of Puerto Rico is hit by a catastrophic hurricane and the power grid is destroyed, where do you look for a company to repair it? How about a tiny town in Montana, where coincidentally the Sec. of the Interior also calls home. Preposterous, this crap cannot be allowed to happen. This is like that pallet of money (8 billion dollars) that "disappeared" in Iraq.
There should be jail time for these crooks, including Zinke because you know as well as I do he was in on the crime.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-15 06:54 AM | Reply

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