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Sierra Club: Whitefish Energy Contract Cancellation Cannot Stop Investigation

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(Source: Sierra Club Store)

Congress Must Investigate Company’s Connections and Government’s Failure to Aid Puerto Ricans

San Juan, Puerto Rico –(ENEWSPF)—October 29, 2017

By: Jonathon Berman

Today, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called for the cancellation of the highly questionable $300 million contract awarded to the tiny Whitefish Energy. This comes on the heels of the White House deflecting attention to the sweetheart deal given to the company with deep ties to Trump donors and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

In response, Sierra Club National Board Member and Former Commissioner of the Puerto Rico Energy Commission and Vice President of the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board Ramon Cruz released the following statement:

“The Sierra Club applauds Governor Rossello for demanding the cancellation of this contract which has proven to be a threat to Puerto Ricans, an insult to all American taxpayers, and only the latest scandal for the Trump administration. Puerto Ricans need someone capable of turning on the lights which obtains its contract through an open and transparent process in order to transform the electric grid, not one mired in controversy. However, this cannot be the end of Whitefish Energy. Congress must continue to investigate how this company with deep ties to Ryan Zinke and donors to this administration obtained the contract in the first place. The ongoing devastation in Puerto Rico should never have been used to profit friends of this administration, and we the people deserve answers.”


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