Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello attends a news conference days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló called for an immediate cancellation of a tiny Montana firm’s $300 million contract to restore power to the storm-hit U.S. territory, his office confirmed on Sunday.
“Following the information that has emerged, and with the goal of protecting public interest, as governor I am asking government and energy authorities to immediately activate the clause to cancel the contract to Whitefish Energy,” Rosselló said in a statement to reporters.
The contract with Puerto Rico’s power utility has come under increased criticism after it was revealed that the terms were obtained without a competitive public bidding process.
Criticism increased, including from U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, after a copy of the contract surfaced online on Thursday night and raised more questions, particularly over language blocking oversight of costs and profits.
Whitefish Energy Holdings officials have insisted …
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