By SEAN WARDWELL
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.Email | Print