Dallas Money Fuels Whitefish, a Tiny Montana Firm Under Scrutiny for $300M Puerto Rico Contract

Scrutiny has intensified concerning the small Montana company -- funded largely with Dallas money -- that landed a $300 million contract to restore power to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.Two-year-old Whitefish Energy, which at the time had two full-time employees, was met with skepticism by some when it was awarded the massive contract from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). Democrats have also pointed out with suspicion that the company is based in the hometown -- Whitefish, Montana -- of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a statement Friday that it has "significant concerns with how PREPA procured this contract and has not confirmed whether the contract prices are reasonable."Federal officials recently contracted with Irving-based Fluor, a multinational construction and engineering firm, to help restore Puerto Rico's grid. About three-quarters of the island is still without power.  Continue reading...

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