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April 2nd, 2009
Commissioners to vote on KBR contract cancellation

Managing Editor

The Hays County Commissioners Court will vote to possibly cancel the FM 110 engineering and design contract awarded to Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR), during its April 7 meeting

At its meeting on March 21, the court heard from two Iraq War veterans who took issue with the county hiring KBR, due to their personal experiences in the war, and the company’s record on human rights.

KBR pleaded guilty to charges of bribing loyalists to Nigerian General Sani Abacha in February. Abacha’s government executed nine human rights activists in 1995.

KBR is also under investigation by the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Command for the death of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, who was electrocuted in a shower.

Opposition to the KBR contract became widespread after it became public knowledge.  A Facebook organized protest, called “Dirt on the Coffin,” is scheduled to hold a rally in opposition to the now defunct contract at the Hays County Courthouse on April 7, starting at 9 a.m.

Plans for that rally have not changed according to protest organizer, and Iraq veteran, Bryan Hannah.

“I’m really happy,” Hannah said, “but I’m not going to throw a party until it’s over. I have faith that they (commissioners) will do the right thing, but we’re going to follow through with this.”

Commissioners could now seek to award the FM 110 contract to Houston based S&B Infrastructure, which ranked second after KBR in the initial assessment of fee proposals.

Newstreamz reporter Sean Batura contributed to this report.

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0 thoughts on “Commissioners to vote on KBR contract cancellation

  1. Thank you guys at Newstreamz for giving a voice to the people and covering this event. Thanks especially to Sean, without whom non of this would have happened. His excellent journalism was what brought this contract to our attention to begin with.

  2. Thank you guys so much for speaking out. People like you are what makes democracy work. Thank you for being proactive and hopefully the mainstream will follow your lead. Words cant express how much this means to me and the impact you guys have made is truly a blessing. KBR are war profiters… We go to war to protect the freedoms that people such as the CHEYNEYS take for granted… what do they give us in return???? UNSANITARY WATER, EXPOSURE TO MEDICAL WASTE, ELECTRICUTIONS, RAPES….. KBR does not worry about our troops safety but rather how many hundreds of thousands of dollars they earn for their deficient work…. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ANYONE WHO SPEAKS OUT ABOUT KBR…

  3. also if anyone knows where kbr is doing contract work here in the USA, please support american citizens’s safety and ask your representatives to hire other contractors. KBR should not be granted contracts when facing so many lawsuits.. A different way of thinking about it …. would you hire a known child pedophile to babysit your children?????? of course not so why would we hire electrical contractors that have a past of producing negligent work that ultimately causes death.

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