Federal Emergency Management Agency

Crews work the July Fire in Phillips County, Montana July 5, 2017.

The federal government has denied Montana’s request for $44 million dollars in disaster funding following the historic 2017 fire season that burned over a million acres across the state.

Montana Senator Steve Daines questions officials during a Senate committe hearing on power restoration in Puerto Rico, Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
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Both of Montana’s senators questioned federal oversight of a multi-million dollar contract between Montana-based Whitefish Energy and the Puerto Rican electric utility during a Senate committee hearing today.

Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines grilled administrators overseeing power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico during the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other federal officials are distancing themselves from a multi-million dollar contract between a small Montana company and Puerto Rico's electric utility.

In a statement released today, Zinke said he had, “nothing to do" with the controversial $300 million contract awarded to Whitefish Energy for power restoration work in Puerto Rico.

Here's What's In That $300 Million Whitefish Contract

Oct 27, 2017

Last week, a tiny company in Montana called Whitefish Energy Holdings announced that it had been given a $300 million contract with Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to help restore electricity on the island, which was severely damaged last month by Hurricane Maria.

FEMA says it had no part in selecting Whitefish Energy and has "significant concerns" about the contract.
Nicky Ouellet

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it did not approve a $300 million contract between the Puerto Rican power utility and a small Montana company for power restoration work. The agency says it has “significant concerns” about the contract.