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Re: Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico
« Reply #150 on: January 21, 2018, 09:14:08 AM »

I haven't seen anything yet on the DTE crews that were heading to PR.  I know there were some major logistics involved in getting their equipment delivered.

Here's an article on some citizens that decided to take care of their own system.

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/19/579196353/after-four-months-without-power-a-puerto-rico-town-strings-its-own-lines

I wonder if the Unions will file a grievance against them?
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Re: Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico
« Reply #151 on: January 21, 2018, 10:58:30 AM »

I wouldn't spend a dime of our money to fix anything in PR.  They don't maintain anything and the people are worse than our derelicts that won't work..They are billions in debt and no way to pay if off.
Move all their people to California.  Those fools will take care of them.  They'll fit right in.
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Re: Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico
« Reply #152 on: January 21, 2018, 01:12:20 PM »

Terrible thing to say.  Sadly true.
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Re: Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico
« Reply #153 on: January 21, 2018, 02:35:04 PM »

Trump made me say it
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Re: Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico
« Reply #154 on: January 21, 2018, 03:29:12 PM »

Man.....  reading you two.... 

You make it sound like Puerto Rico is some kind of Shitehole!

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Re: Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico
« Reply #155 on: January 21, 2018, 03:47:33 PM »

Never been there but it sounds like it.
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Re: Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico
« Reply #156 on: January 21, 2018, 04:15:18 PM »


This news doesn't appear to have been cover by our media, but it seems the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority was not distributing supplies to workers so they could make the needed repairs.

ARMED FEDERAL AGENTS ENTER WAREHOUSE IN PUERTO RICO TO SEIZE HOARDED ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT

ON SATURDAY, A day after becoming aware of a massive store of rebuilding materials being held by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the U.S. federal government — the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with their security detail — entered a Palo Seco warehouse owned by the public utility to claim and distribute the equipment, according to a spokesperson for the Corps.

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A security contractor who recently returned from Puerto Rico told The Intercept that crews of linemen brought down from the U.S. were frustrated about the lack of rebuilding materials, which made it virtually impossible for them to fix downed infrastructure. Paraphrasing conversations with the electric crews he accompanied, the source said one worker told him that “we just sat in the truck and watched a movie because we have nothing to do today. … Around Christmas, a lot of the power workers were saying, ‘We’re going on vacation because we couldn’t do our job because PREPA was making it so difficult.’” The source’s job involved escorting contractors tasked with reconstructing downed power lines; he was deployed on the island for over a month by a subcontractor of Cobra Acquisitions LLC, which in the fall received a $200 million contract with PREPA to repair its grid.

“They didn’t have anything to do or to work on,” he said of many of the linemen he interacted with. “They had had a bunch of poles but no lines, or any of the stuff that goes on the poles. They were just setting bare poles, getting as far as they could go.”

“We were in a town for two weeks and barely got anything done because they didn’t have the supplies,” the source noted of one crew they accompanied on the island’s southeast. UTIER — the utility workers’ union — has leveled similar complaints against their employer.

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Update: Jan. 10, 2018, 7 p.m.

Sen. Eduardo Bhatia, minority leader of the Senate of Puerto Rico, provided a statement to The Intercept on the hoarded electrical equipment:

The news that has come out today about the discovery made by armed federal agents of thousands of electrical spare parts hidden in an PREPA warehouse borders on a criminal act by its managers. It is time for people to stand up and demand answers. Hundreds of thousands of families have been in the dark for more than 125 days, people keep dying, and businesses continue to close due to the lack of energy while the necessary spare parts were in the possession of PREPA. Lying about not having the parts to cover the inefficiency of PREPA is outrageous and those responsible must be taken before state and federal authorities to be criminally processed immediately.

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/10/puerto-rico-electricity-prepa-hurricane-maria/
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Re: Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico
« Reply #157 on: January 21, 2018, 05:07:21 PM »

Hum,  somebody was going to sell the stuff maybe
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Re: Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico
« Reply #158 on: February 04, 2018, 10:37:08 AM »

And someone is going to step up and take advantage of the missed opportunities in Puerto Rico!

http://bitcoinist.com/crypto-billionaires-are-building-a-utopia-in-puerto-rico/
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