Puerto Rico’s nonetheless in a shambles, two months after Hurricane Maria. FEMA has realized that the scenario continues to be so dire that they’re planning to airlift residents to the U.S. mainland, all whereas the fallout continues over that shady Whitefish Energy contract and the search to revive energy to the whole island. Sadly, that process noticed an infinite setback on Thursday when a serious energy line — which was repaired by Whitefish Energy earlier than the cancellation of their contract — failed once more.
CNN stories that this failure has “wiped out” electrical energy in San Juan and brought the island’s complete energy technology down from 40% to 18%. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) explains the taking place as an unexplained “mechanical issue,” which they’re at the moment trying to restore once more.
Meanwhile, Whitefish Energy spokesperson Brandon Smulyan talked with Buzzfeed News in an try to keep at bay the fingers pointing of their path. “None of the issues reported today with the outage have anything to do with the repairs Whitefish Energy performed,” Smulyan insisted.
However NBC News has verified that the Whitefish did the truth is restore this identical transmission line by which the failure occurred. This gained’t quell the persistent scrutiny from those that marvel how a tiny Montana vitality agency with solely two full-time staff (and connections to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke) managed to safe Puerto Rico’s $300 million vitality contract.
(Via CNN & Buzzfeed)