Puerto Rico power company will cancel contract with Whitefish, firm from Zinke’s hometown, director says

The Puerto Rican government’s power company  is going to discard its $300 million contract along with Whitefish Energy Holdings once this wraps up current work on Storm Maria recovery efforts, power company movie director Ricardo Ramos said Sunday.  

Ramos said he’s bowing to some demand by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Roselló, who had known as Sunday for the island’s power company in order to cancel the contract with the Montana company from Secretary of the Inside Ryan Zinke’s hometown.

Roughly 70 % of the U. S. territory continues to be languishing without power more than a 30 days after Maria struck on September. 20 as a Category 4 tornado with winds of up to 154 your. Ramos says the cancellation may delay pending work by ten to 12 weeks but will never affect current work.

The Puerto Vasto Electric Power Authority (PREPA)  awarded   the agreement to Whitefish Energy Holdings assist crews restore transmission and submission lines damaged or destroyed throughout the hurricane.  

The two-year-old company had simply two full-time employees when the thunderstorm hit last month, but states it is contracting with hundreds of employees for the Puerto Rico project.

“I have got petitioned the board of PREPA to invoke the cancellation term so that after the current immediate function that is being done is finished, that will contract is no longer available, ” Roselló said Sunday, according to  BuzzFeed .

ZINKE: ‘I HAD PRACTICALLY NOTHING TO DO’ WITH MONTANA FIRM GETTING $300M CONTRACT

“It’s interfering with everything and it isn’t going to go towards the best interests of the individuals of Puerto Rico, ” he or she reportedly said referring to the agreement.

“We are very disappointed in the decision simply by Governor Rosselló to ask PREPA to cancel the contract which usually led to PREPA’s announcement this afternoon, inch Whitefish Energy Holdings said within a statement. “The decision will only hold off what the people of Puerto Vasto want and deserve – to get the power restored quickly in the same manner their particular fellow citizens on the mainland encounter after a natural disaster. ”

The company additional that it “will certainly finish any kind of work that PREPA wants all of us to complete and stand by our obligations knowing that we made an important share to the restoration of the power main grid since our arrival on the tropical isle on October 2 . ”

The obtain the small Montana company has come below intense scrutiny, and audits from the Whitefish contract at a local plus federal level are under method.

“ I had absolutely nothing to do with Whitefish Power receiving a contract in Puerto Vasto, ” Zinke said in a declaration Friday. “ Any attempts by dishonest media or political agents to tie me to imparting or influencing any contract concerning Whitefish are completely baseless. ”

Fox News’ John Roberts, Jennifer Bowman and The Associated Press led to this report.