Puerto Rico’s energy authority on Sunday canceled its controversial, $300 million contract with a small Montana firm to rebuild its energy strains after Hurricane Maria.
Ricardo Ramos, head of Puerto Rico Electrical Energy Authority, stated the cope with Whitefish Power would stop as soon as the agency’s present work is completed.
The announcement got here because the authority, also called PREPA, confronted mounting strain from officers to cancel the deal.
Now that it’s, Ramos stated, restoring energy strains on the U.S. territory could possibly be delayed by 10 to 12 weeks.
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Gov. Ricardo Rossello earlier Sunday referred to as on PREPA to sever ties with Whitefish.
“There can’t be any sort of distraction that alters the dedication to revive electrical energy as quickly as potential in Puerto Rico,” Rossello stated.
Whitefish solely had two full-time staff when Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Class four hurricane. It’s since added roughly 300 staff to its effort.
Rossello stated Sunday that Whitefish has been paid at the very least $eight million till this level.
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“If one thing unlawful was achieved, as soon as once more, the officers concerned in that course of will really feel the complete weight of the regulation, and I’ll take administrative actions,” the governor stated Sunday.
A Whitefish consultant advised the Related Press it will remark quickly.
New York Metropolis Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito didn’t purchase Rossello’s take — arguing he would’ve recognized concerning the contract.
“The primary process, the precedence proper now in Puerto Rico is to get the electrical energy up and operating,” Mark-Viverito, who grew up on the island, stated throughout a Sunday look on MSNBC. “And to say that a $300 million contract, which has as a duty to place the electrical grid again on, he knew nothing about, that’s arduous to consider.”
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She continued to slam Rossello’s response to the storm, saying he’d defended the Whitefish contract solely days earlier.