Whitefish Energy Contract to Be Audited, Puerto Rican Officials SayDavid Wagman | October 25, 2017
Authorities in Puerto Rico say they will conduct a full audit of a $300 million contract won by Whitefish Energy Holdings for work to restore the island’s electric power grid, damaged by Hurricane Maria in September.
A U.S. House of Representatives committee is also reportedly looking into the contract.
The chief executive of Whitefish Energy Holdings in Montana knows U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and one of its investors donated to President Trump, reports say.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz reportedly said the process of awarding the no-bid contract raised ethical and legal questions. In an interview with Yahoo News, she described the contract as “alarming.”
More than 80 percent of Puerto Ricans remain without power more than a month after Hurricane Maria struck.
Governor Ricardo Rossello's announcement came on October 24 as questions were raised about the deal with Whitefish Energy, a two-year-old company.
The contract was entered into by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority in early October. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will cover the cost, Puerto Rican authorities have said.
A FEMA spokeswoman said that the agency is reviewing the contract to ensure that it complies with established procurement guidelines.
The House Natural Resources Committee reportedly also will look into the agreement.