PUERTO RICO CANCELS $300 MILLION CONTRACT WITH WHITEFISH ENERGY COMPANY
Puerto Rico power company director Ricardo Ramos said Sunday that he’s giving in to the demands by Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Rossello to cancel its contract with Whitefish Energy Company to repair the Island’s power grid.
CBS NEWS (@cbsnews) reports, Governor Rossello said earlier on Sunday that he wants the no-bid contract that Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority signed with Whitefish Energy to be canceled immediately. Rossello’s announcement came as federal legislators plan to investigate the contract awarded to the small company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown.
Whitefish Energy Holdings said in a statement that the company was “very disappointed” by Rossello’s decision. It said canceling the contract would delay restoring power to the Island. Audits of the Whitefish contract at a local and federal level are ongoing, and the Governor also announced the appointment of an outside coordinator to oversee the power company’s purchasing and contracting division.
“If something illegal was done, once again, the officials involved in that process will feel the full weight of the law, and I will take administrative actions.” Rossello said.