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Puerto Rico gov. seeks immediate cancellation of Whitefish Energy contract

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello wants the $300 million contract Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority signed with Whitefish Energy to be canceled "immediately,".

The controversy over the no-bid contract previously set off a Twitter feud between mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, and the company, which is based in Whitefish, Montana, the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The company has two full-time employees.

Many were surprised when it received the big contract to help rebuild Puerto Rico's electrical grid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Whitefish has never worked on a project of that size. 

The Trump administration denied Friday political connections had anything to do with restoring electrical connections in Puerto Rico.

Zinke said Friday he had nothing to do with the contract either.

Whitefish CEO Andy Techmanski said his company has 300 workers on the ground in Puerto Rico working to fix a crippled electrical system.

A month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, 75 percent of the island is still without power.

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