PREPA arch Ricardo Ramos, in his testimony before a Senate hearing, shielded sanctioning a Whitefish Energy contract.
“I chose to agreement with Whitefish since my priority was securing a evident assistance of initial responders that we desperately needed,” he said, adding that he did not consider PREPA could perform a mandate of mutual assist contracts with open application companies from other states, such as providing accommodation and reserve for workers.
“There were no logistics in Puerto Rico,” he said. “There were, for a initial integrate of weeks, no fuel, no phone, no internet, no nothing.”
Responding to a doubt from Sen. Lisa Murkowski on, in retrospect, it would have been improved to use mutual assist contracts with open utilities instead of a private agreement with Whitefish Energy, Rosselló pronounced a preference was done partly since he approaching a Army Corps of Engineers’ work on a island to be some-more efficient.
“We chose underneath a bargain that things were going to collect adult quickly,” he said, adding that “it is open record that we was not confident with a initial deployment of a Corps Of Engineers.”
Ramos also forked out that a mutual assist complement would not have worked for Puerto Rico since it is not partial of a continental US.
“I consider we need to correct mutual assist agreements in terms of PREPA. PREPA doesn’t have a neighbor. The usually neighbor is St Thomas … they were ravaged as well,” he said.
Asked if there was a disagreement in Puerto Rico about a inlet of mutual assist agreements, Ramos said, “What we am observant is that Puerto Rico is not partial of a continental USA so that a judgment of neighbor companies entrance to a assist gets changed. The marketplace fundamentally sets a rate.”
The hearings highlighted a tragedy between Puerto Rico’s territorial supervision and a Financial Oversight Management Board, that was allocated by a sovereign supervision final year in response to a territory’s failure crisis.
The house filed a suit in sovereign justice arguing that underneath a Title III failure insurance Puerto Rico filed for in May this year, they should have a management to designate a arch mutation officer to manage PREPA’s operations.