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Puerto Rico's utility ignored lawyers' advice on Whitefish deal

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Puerto Rico's utility ignored lawyers' advice on Whitefish deal

Puerto Rico one month after Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico’s state-owned electric utility ignored advice from its attorneys before inking a controversial $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy, a small Montana-based firm that only employed two people at the time the Hurricane Maria hit.

Documents released by the House Committee on Natural Resources late Monday show that attorneys for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority advised the state-owned utility to make critical changes to the contract it was negotiating with Whitefish to ensure it was compliant with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s provisions.

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