Shady details from Puerto Rico’s contract with Whitefish Energy

Whitefish chopper working on tower repairs

❝ Puerto Rico has now endured the longest power failure in U.S. history, after Category 4 Hurricane Maria tore a path of destruction across the island on Sept. 20. One of the contracts the island’s beleaguered government signed in order to get the lights turned back on is with a tiny Montana-based company named Whitefish Energy.

The contract, worth $300 million, calls for Whitefish — which employed just 2 employees as of late last month — to repair power lines to connect critical infrastructure. The no-bid contract with a tiny, inexperienced company that happens to be based in the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has raised eyebrows in Congress and Puerto Rico, where multiple investigations are now underway to determine how the contract was awarded…

❝ Late Thursday, the signed contract was leaked and posted online. It shows that what at first appeared to be a shady deal is actually an unbelievably shady deal…

❝ First, there is language that prohibits the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, as well as the Puerto Rican government, the head of FEMA, and even the Comptroller General of the U.S. to audit or review the prices that Whitefish is charging under the contract, or the profits it is earning…

❝ The wages and equipment charges in this contract are extremely high. According to the contract, site supervisors are earning $330 an hour for their work, while project accountants are earning $440 per hour. The lowest-paid workers, according to the contract, are making $140.26 an hour.

Wander through this article from NPR. Sleazy, profiteering, are the first couple of words that come to mind. FEMA and the Trump Bridge Club get away with an amazing amount of crooked and unethical behavior as it is. This deal is worse than some of the theft engineered into the Liberation of Iraq from non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction.

I have to wonder if Deutsche Bank is supplying our Fake President with an anonymous account just for the money he steals from American taxpayers.

3 thoughts on “Shady details from Puerto Rico’s contract with Whitefish Energy

  1. Update says:

    “The Lineman Got $63 an Hour. The Utility Was Billed $319 an Hour.” (NYT Nov. 12)
    “As Puerto Rico Officials Testify Before Congress, Documents Show PREPA Ignored Internal Advice About Whitefish Contract : Governor Ricardo Rosselló and PREPA chief Ricardo Ramos are testifying before Congress today.”

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