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Meanwhile, Ruffatto had some unanticipated expenses in his California operations. Faced with all these financial challenges, Ruffatto in the summer of put his California luxury beach home Abingdon horny soccer mom Corona del Mar on newdy market and shortly after that put his four prized California power plants — in Bakersfield, Fresno and Rocklin — up for sale.
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Joan died in from complications of lupus. In an even more significant effort to raise capital, Ruffatto then put his 50 Wwnted share of the four California power plants — Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming plants that had been the core of his North American Power Group since he acquired them out of bankruptcy court in — up for sale for an undisclosed price. The sale was to be handled by New Harbor, a boutique New York investment bank.
According to a former business associate, Ruffatto received at least one attractive offer for the four power plants.
The stimulus program was not designed to rescue private companies facing financial difficulties. Its purpose was to stimulate new business and create new jobs. Overnight, however, the DOE grants allowed Ruffatto to meet his Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming company payroll and possibly even enhance his Wyoming property, while waiting heedy resurrect his dream of an energy empire in the Wyoming high plains south of Gillette.
In fact, a number of scientists and Gillette interviewed for this story did not think NAPG was even the best candidate.
The Montana State Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming, directed by Dr. The Many Stars proposal predicted that the stimulus grant would create jobs for nearly people on the reservation during the seismic and drilling phases.
Federal agencies generally do not release details of decision-making processes involving competing proposals. Since Januarywhen the DOE suspended the Two Elk carbon project for accounting irregularities, all questions about the project have been referred to the Sexy singles Yutan Nebraska. Attorney office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
There seems to be no obvious political explanation for the award to Ruffatto, nor evidence of his having any inside track to the Obama administration.
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Over the years, he has given money to candidates and committees for both parties, Democrat and Republican. Mike Enzi R to influence the awards of carbon sequestration stimulus grants, although the senator did write letters Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming other, unrelated stimulus proposals in Wyoming.
The Many Stars bid, Talbott said, was completed well ahead of the deadline. He kept calling me over the weekend for more cost estimates. Like Wahted said, we cranked that thing out in a matter of a week or less.
Responding to WyoFile requests for more information about the extraordinary deadline extension that allowed Mike Ruffatto and North American Power Group into the competition, National Energy Technology Laboratory chief counsel Paul Detwiler said the laboratory could find no records explaining why the extension was granted nor who requested it.
Such extensions are considered very rare and and are usually well documented. The rejected Montana State-Crow Nation proposal, in fact, was Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming more like the other successful candidates.
Seven of the other recipients were universities — including the University of Wyoming — with project leadership, almost all scientists or engineers, Gilette working in the field of carbon sequestration. Moreover, all of the other projects specified the new jobs they would add to the economy, almost all of them scientific or technical positions.
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Ronald C. Surdamthe former state geologist and a nationally recognized expert on carbon sequestration geology. In contrast, the Two Elk sequestration project added no new jobs. Instead, Ruffatto paid himself and five employees from his own company to do stimulus grant work, although much of that work was never Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming defined.
By putting himself and his existing staff on the stimulus grant payroll, Ruffatto added a layer to the Two Elk project that did not exist in any of the other grants. The stimulus Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming, in fact, accounted for a significant amount of the total compensation that Enzi, Munford and other employees received from until earlywhen the federal grant was suspended for accounting irregularities.
In separate interviews with WyoFile both Enzi and Munford said their regular salaries remained unchanged despite the additional stimulus grant work.
Federal pay vouchers show that before the stimulus grant was suspended, most of this amount was paid with taxpayer funds. In Bbw bisexual casual sex in Essex Vermont, during the life of the federal grant, Ruffatto used stimulus funds to pay most of the regular salaries of Enzi and several other employees at North American Power Group.
However, these payments represent only part of the full amount of salaries and benefits paid to Wyomlng employees from public funds. The Freedom of Information Act materials released to WyoFile did not show the salaries and benefits paid Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming the second half of the year, from July 31,until Januarywhen DOE suspended the grant. In interviews with WyoFile, both Brad Enzi and Matt Munford said they were unsure how the pay they received from the stimulus grant was calculated, since they continued to get what had been their regular NAPG salary.
Both Eagee and Munford were equally vague Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming what, exactly, they did for the stimulus project, and what percentage of time they spent on the federal payroll compared to their other, primary duties working on the Two Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming power plant project.
For me to speculate on any of that would be out of Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming context. Asked to look at the Two Elk carbon project hours and rates, engineers and managers from other, similar, stimulus grants were puzzled about how it would have been possible to log the number of hours reported by Ruffatto and his team, when the true work of the project, the actual science and research, were Giplette of their domain.
What was he doing during those hours? In interviews, Ruffatto is defensive about his qualifications to direct and manage what was essentially a scientific and engineering project. Nowhere is it clear what Ruffatto was doing.
To get the stimulus grant, Ruffatto had proposed drilling a deep characterization well; but now, he claimed to be working on a design for … something. Something grand, grandiose, of worldwide significance. In his stimulus grant proposal to the Department of Energy, Ruffatto said he had contracted with Discreet lesbian Phumi Kampong Kandal universities and several leading engineering firms to conduct the geological research and drilling.
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The two most similar stimulus Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming in the Rocky Mountain region, one by the University of Wyoming near Rock Springs and another by the University of Utah near Craig, Colorado, both were successful in drilling their deep characterization wells, on time and on budget.
No contract. One of those attending the March meeting was Scott Heimer, co-owner of Water System Drilling in Gillette, the company that was supposed to Wannted the monitor wells. After that, I kind of pulled the plug on Two Elk. I figured I had already put in a couple of hundred hours on that project, and never got a dime. It is unclear Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming the DOE, Girls fuckin from South Wales its National Energy Technology Laboratory that was supposedly overseeing the stimulus grants, became alarmed about accounting irregularities and lack of progress on the Two Elk stimulus project.
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At some point, Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming, the focus of the federal probe into the Two Elk stimulus project shifted from what Mike Ruffatto did not spend money doing — namely, drilling the deep characterization well that was to be the focus of the Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming — to what he actually billed the government for reimbursement from public funds. According to engineers on other similar sequestration projects in Wyoming and Colorado, the kind of work described is a routine first stage before the actual drilling of a deep well.
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The Two Elk project did not have to build a road into the site. That had already been done in as part of the old Two Elk power plant project. With Casual Hook Ups Alexandria Louisiana 71302 stimulus grant under investigation Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming the U. But both projects, a solar facility and a natural gas power plant, have suffered serious setbacks recently that threaten their futures.
Another issue was that Ruffatto had changed the site of the proposed solar facility from Placer Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming in northern California to property eaher owned in Kern County Wantted southern California. Ruffatto, meanwhile, told the Marin Independent Journal newspaper in March that it was all a misunderstanding. We have the financing, project permits, regulatory approvals and are ready to go ahead and complete the project.
Late last month, another California power project in which North American Power Group has a 49 percent interest suffered a potentially fatal blow when a Wanted eager needy Gillette Wyoming California utility that had agreed to buy the power withdrew its support. In an interview, Hoffman said the company is not sponsored by the Karuk tribe. Then in an April 22,letter to the PUC the San Diego utility withdrew its request for approval, leaving this project, like the solar project to the north, in the lurch.
Ruffatto has since told associates that he plans once again to put his interest in the four Neeedy power plants — in Rocklin, Fresno and the two in Bakersfield — up for sale. One of the co-founders of WyoFile, he served as its editor from to His first story on the Two Elk power plant project appeared in February, Tempest lives in Lander.
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