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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2017, file photo, Whitefish Energy Holdings workers restore power lines damaged by Hurricane Maria in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Oct. 27, it had no involvement in the decision to award a $300 million contract to help restore Puerto Rico's power grid to a tiny Montana company in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown. FEMA said in a statement that any language in the controversial contract saying the agency approved of the deal with Whitefish Energy Holdings is inaccurate. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Puerto Rico's utility canceled the $300M Whitefish contract after criticism


Updated October 29, 2017 04:47 PM EDT

Puerto Rico's state power company canceled the $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy holdings just hours after the island's governor called for the deal to end.

CEO of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Ricardo Ramos made the announcement during a press conference Sunday afternoon.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello demanded the island's power company end their $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings.

Rosello asked the Governing Board of the Electric Power Authority to cancel the contract over Twitter Sunday.

"There cannot be any distraction that alters the commitment of raising electric system as soon as possible in Puerto Rico,” he said.

The governor's comments come after the Montana company was criticized for their actions in the recovery efforts of Hurricane Maria, and he is requesting power companies from New York and Florida come to the island to help restore power.

The Associated Press reported the Whitefish contract included over $20,000 an hour for a Chinook helicopter, $322 for a power line crew foreman and $286 an hour for a mechanic, among other expenses.

More than a month after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, about 70 percent of the island is still without power.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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