Small Montana company aiding Puerto Rico power restoration under increasing scrutiny

Small Montana company aiding Puerto Rico power restoration under increasing scrutiny”

The Interior Department denied that Zinke, a former Montana congressman, played any role in the contract award.

The key - restoring electrical power to the island's 3.4 million American citizens - remains a frustrating and mysterious process with 75 percent of the island still without electricity.

Five weeks after hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump's team has only managed to restore power for a mere 26 percent of the island's 3.5 million USA citizens.

In sharp contrast, Whitefish Energy, an unproven Montana-based firm with two full-time employees that was mysteriously awarded a massive contract to rebuild the grid, has been engaging in a weird Twitter war with San Juan's mayor, even threatening to pull its subcontractors out of the island. And now, word that an itty-bitty Montana company-with ties to the White House-landed the massive contract to fix it.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Puerto Rico as they rebuild from Hurricanes Irma and Maria".

Whitefish Energy, a two-year old electrical utility firm, announced last week it secured a $300 million contract from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to fix and reconstruct parts of the island's electrical infrastructure. Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva from Arizona also said in a statement that "Congress needs to understand why the Whitefish contract was awarded".

The power authority, which is facing deep financial problems of its own, says Whitefish won by claiming experience in working in hard mountainous terrain and also by not asking for money up front, as another company did. Congressional lawmakers and the Puerto Rican governor have already called for an investigation into Whitefish and the award of its contract.

"In that moment, we were not in a position to offer that collateral", said Ramos. One of the secretary's sons "joined a friend who worked a summer job at one their [Whitefish's] construction sites".

PREPA, which is $9 billion in debt, could have requested aid after Maria through the American Public Power Association, a network that provides help to other utilities during widespread power outages.

CNN reports Zinke and Whitefish CEO Andy Techmanski have admitted they know one another. Colonnetta and his wife donated more than $20,000 to Donald Trump's presidential campaign and more than $30,000 to the Republican National Committee past year alone, according to a filing from the Federal Election Commission. Not coincidentally, several of the top 10 blackouts in USA history involve Puerto Rico, including Maria and Irma this year and Hurricane Georges in 1998.

It is the second time that the New York Democrat has visited Puerto Rico since the storm, and he criticized the federal response.

Like this



15 March 2018
Server Requirements for Mass Mailing
The first means that the error occurred on the receiving side: maybe the client's account was blocked, or something else happened. Running your own email server may sound like a science fiction, and it may seem that it’s impossible to handle such thing.

27 October 2017
Police investigating reports of armed person, potential hostage situation in downtown Toronto
David Hopkinson said citizens witnessed the person entering a marijuana dispensary near Charlotte Street at around 1 p.m. They had got a tip about a person with a gun who had possibly forced someone into a building at 365 King St.

27 October 2017
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ:NCLH) Quarterly Analytical Analysis
PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PPG) has a market cap of $30.27 billion and over the last 12 months, PPG has risen by 29.05%. ILLEGAL ACTIVITY WARNING: This report was reported by TrueBlueTribune and is the sole property of of TrueBlueTribune.

27 October 2017
QTS Realty Trust plans 'mega data center' in Ashburn
RBC Capital Markets maintained Digital Realty Trust , Inc. (NYSE:DLR) has risen 23.90% since October 25, 2016 and is uptrending. Digital Realty Trust , Inc. has a beta of 1.62, offering the possibility of a higher rate of return, but also posing more risk.

27 October 2017
Farmers & Merchants Investments Inc. Sells 18264 Shares of Mattel, Inc. (MAT)
Mattel's dividend payout ratio is now 149.02%. "(MAT)" was first published by TrueBlueTribune and is owned by of TrueBlueTribune. The total amount of shares outstanding is 343.12 million, giving the company a market capitalization of about 5.30 billion.

27 October 2017
Pennsylvania Legislature Passes Expanded Gaming Bill
It also legalizes some online gambling and permits truck stops to have five video-gaming terminals - or slots-like machines. The tax rate for online poker and online table games is much more reasonable: 14 percent plus the 2 percent local tax.

27 October 2017
Of Saskatchewan Inc (POT) Set to Announce Quarterly Earnings on Thursday
TRADEMARK VIOLATION NOTICE: This article was originally posted by StockNewsTimes and is the sole property of of StockNewsTimes. The company has experienced volume of 4,703,553 shares while on average the company has a capacity of trading 3.92M share.

27 October 2017
Reddit bans Nazi subreddits after policy change
There will also be a question-and-answer session with the company's CEO Steve Huffman next week to clarify the update. A subreddit is a community within the website, in which content can be shared to or commented on.

27 October 2017
Banco Santander Brasil SA (NYSE:BSBR) Noticeable Runner
The analysts estimated EPS for the higher end at 0.19 and lower end at 0.14 while the year ago reported earnings per share was 0. The average is taken over a specific period of time, like 10 days, 20 minutes, 30 weeks, or any time period the trader chooses.

27 October 2017
Explosive Anthony Joshua values entertainment in boxing as much as wins
You can only achieve what you see and they see an Olympic champion, a world champion, [and] it gives them inspiration. Joshua said. "This is someone who is tough, can go the distance". 'He will respect me because of my fighting style'.