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Puerto Rican Electric Power Chief Cancels Congressional Appearance

HeadlineNov 08, 2017
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On Capitol Hill, the head of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, PREPA, abruptly canceled a planned appearance before a House committee Tuesday, as questions mount over his role in securing a $300 million no-bid contract for the Montana-based company Whitefish Energy. An executive with PREPA told the House Committee on Natural Resources that Ricardo Ramos is too busy overseeing reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s electric grid, which was totally destroyed by Hurricane Maria. The company Whitefish is based in the tiny hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and the head of the private equity company that backs Whitefish was a Trump campaign donor.

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