Puerto Rico’s utility cancels controversial $300 million contract with Montana firm hired to repair electrical grid

Source: Washington Post

“Puerto Rico’s utility canceled the controversial $300 million contract with a Montana firm hired to repair its electrical grid. The announcement by the island state-owned utility came hours after Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello called for the contract with Whitefish Energy to be canceled. … Whitefish Energy, which had just two employees the day Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, now has about 325 people working on restringing transmission lines, clearing debris and erecting fallen poles. It has been working under contract with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. Whitefish, Mont., is the home of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, although the company said he played no role in securing the business. One of Zinke’s sons worked for Whitefish Energy over the summer.” (10/29/17)