Small company awarded $300M contract to restore Puerto Rico power

Posted Octubre 28, 2017

Currently about 75% of Puerto Rico's 3.4 million residents lack electricity following Maria's strike, according to federal estimates. Puerto Rico's electric grid was in shambles.

Cruz's cause for concern may be related to the fact that the small company has reported relations with Donald Trump's administration.

The size and undisclosed details of the contract are drawing attention from Congress and the Puerto Rican government.

"I would not just stand there and let him shoot me, I would say, 'Hey guys, everybody attack him". It doesn't seem like an unreasonable question. This process is slow. News, called out the fishiness of the $300 million contract, which was awarded by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. With estimates for restoring the power grid said to be as high as $5 billion, it's thought the country could run out of money very soon.


On Tuesday, top Democrats on the natural resources committees in both the House and Senate asked for a review of the Whitefish contract. For example, FEMA hasn't responded to a request for documents related to Superstorm Sandy that we filed more than three and a half years ago. Help is voluntarily and free of charge. With only 20 percent of the system working a month later, public utility companies cannot restore regular water, internet, and phone service.

Today's meter level is lower than yesterday's. "We went to the mountains west of Cayey at the request of the Department of Veterans Affairs to check on an amputee warrior living with post-traumatic stress".

Ramos said the utility company evaluated "a bunch" of other offers before choosing Whitefish.

The contract with Cobra was similar. "You would think", Cruz tweeted, "I am the only one in the world that has commented on this". The school welcomed students displaced in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


Straehla said Cobra planned to send about 500 workers to Puerto Rico in the coming days. We secured this work with PREPA on our own. So far, while concerning students, 15 have enrolled so far with over 60 students have applied, according to The Hill. It's also required by law if local governments in disaster zones expect reimbursement from FEMA's reconstruction grants. What do you make of all this media attention this week?

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz arrives at San Francisco hospital in Rio Piedras area of San Juan on Sept. 30, 2017, as about 35 patients are evacuated after the failure of an electrical plant. Emergency contracts don't need to follow federal procurement rules.

Zinke's son had a summer job at a Whitefish construction site but the interior department denied that Zinke, a former Montana congressman, played any role in the contract award. But the question of how to rebuild it - if the capital financing can be found - has split Puerto Rico's leadership. You can find WNPR's reporting from Puerto Rico here.

The expansive grounds of the Castillo San Felipe del Morro are open around the breathtaking 250-year-old Spanish fort that winds through the cliffs overlooking San Juan Bay, but the fort itself is still shut. Whitefish Energy, which has two employees, sent subcontractors to visit the American territory that was recently ravaged by Hurricane Maria. A contract not authorized by the Army Corps of Engineers. "The contract is the biggest yet issued in the troubled relief effort".


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