UPDATED 8:40 AM PT — Wed. Oct. 10, 2018
Montana-based Whitefish Energy firm defended itself from criticism Tuesday over the Interior Department’s recent work with the group.
According to newly released records, Whitefish employees helped with small-scale electrical work in Washington State this past June for $225,000. It was also awarded a contract reportedly worth over one million dollars from the Energy Department last month for construction of power lines in parts of Arkansas and Missouri.
The agency claims to have carried out its due diligence vetting Whitefish over this past year in order to give the firm another opportunity to prove itself. Despite this, the group’s $300 million failure continues to swirl around the company.
It reportedly had just two full time employees when Hurricane Maria made landfall in September of 2017, raising eyebrows as to why it was chosen for the job.
Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority was forced to take over restoration of its electrical grid and paid the company for completed work after canceling the contract.
This allowed Whitefish to perform repairs on the grid until November 30, 2017 under the terms of its cancellation.
It remains unknown whether Whitefish Energy firm is currently contracted for additional government work.