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originally posted by: LSU2018
a reply to: amazing
Do you not like Puerto Ricans or something? The government was investigated for not giving its people the supplies that were sent for them. It's almost as if you and SillyOlGirl would rather see PR continue to get away with effing her people all because you can't accept it when Trump does the right thing.
Here are the craziest terms of the $300 million government contract given to a tiny electrical firm in a Trump cabinet secretary's hometown
A $300 million government contract awarded to Whitefish Energy was revealed Friday.
•It had some eyebrow-raising terms and conditions.
•The company is tasked with rebuilding some of Puerto Rico's power grid. It is located in the same small Montana town that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is from, leading to some questioning if he had any involvement.
originally posted by: proteus33
a reply to: underwerks no he is sending them after corrupt individuals who withheld aid to people of Puerto Rico as a way of making the administration look inept.
Puerto Rico's electric company moved Sunday to cancel a $300 million contract with a small Montana firm for repairs to the territory's hurricane-ravaged electrical grid, saying controversy surrounding the agreement was distracting from the effort to restore power.
The documents showed that Puerto Rico’s electric company disregarded its own lawyers’ advice when it signed the contract. The agreement offered so few protections that it allowed some workers to bill for “nearly every waking hour” they were on the island, according to the House panel investigating the deal.
Prepa’s lawyers had recommendations on everything from how the contract could be terminated to how the rates should be set. But the guidance was not followed — and the final provisions agreed to were tilted in the Whitefish’s favor, the records show. Even Prepa’s own risk management officer had balked, because he was never offered the opportunity to evaluate the terms, nor did the office receive proof of insurance.
FEMA Region 9 Deputy Administrator Ahsha Tribble praised Whitefish Energy’s work in Puerto Rico during a Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board meeting in New York on Feb. 1, according to video obtained by the Miami Herald.
“Without getting kicked from my attorney, Whitefish was there early,” Tribble said. “They did a good job. They took a risk and that risk is still being weighed.”
“While a number of federal agencies and other contractors eventually joined in the power restoration effort, Whitefish Energy and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority [PREPA] were initially the only parties on the ground making repairs,” Whitefish said in a statement after its work in Puerto Rico finished in November. “Over the course of two months, Whitefish Energy brought more than 550 crew members and 600 pieces of heavy equipment to the island, overcoming early logistics and transportation challenges to get both manpower and support services to Puerto Rico.”
More than 400,000 Puerto Ricans still don’t have power, according to government status reports. The U.S. Senate agreed to spend $2 billion to repair Puerto Rico’s power grid as part of a budget deal on Wednesday, though the sum falls far short of the $17.8 billion requested by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to rebuild the grid.
“We’re still learning what needs to be done,” Tribble said.
PREPA has also hired crews that will work independently of the corps to make emergency fixes.
The main one is Whitefish Energy, a small Montana company that was acquired two years ago by COMTRAFO Brazil, a maker of electrical transformers. Whitefish entered PREPA's orbit during the interval between Irma and Maria, the two hurricanes that lashed Puerto Rico this season. Ramos said that it put out a request for repairs to its transmission lines after Irma and that Whitefish was one of only two mainland companies that responded.
Before the contract with Whitefish could be activated, Maria struck and cut off PREPA's communications with the outside world, according to Ramos. PREPA also lost contact with APPA immediately following the hurricane, he said, which was a factor in the decision not to request assistance under the APPA mutual aid program.
"If we wouldn't have lost communications the day after Maria, I would have called mutual aid, and I would have contracted Whitefish as well," said Ramos, who said the island's devastated communication system meant he had no access to email until Friday, almost two weeks after the storm. That explanation adds a confusing element to PREPA's dire situation: If communications had not failed, would PREPA have proceeded to seek mainland utilities' help notwithstanding demands for the upfront payments he described?