Perry again called on White to quit the governor's race after the former mayor revealed more than he previously had acknowledged about his role in the contract dispute between BTEC Turbines and the Coastal Water Authority.
At White's urging, the authority signed BTEC for a maximum $2 million contract to provide the generators while CenterPoint Energy worked to restore power permanently, according to documents and interviews.
Drawn into dispute
The dispute began when authority officials balked at an estimated $160,000 in charges from BTEC for fuel tankers, saying it was BTEC's choice to use them and the contract did not require payment.
According to documents and interviews, White, his chief of staff Michael Moore and the chief administrative officer Anthony Hall all were drawn into the dispute.
In a March 2006 e-mail, Coastal Water Authority General Counsel Hank Coleman told another CWA official that he and Hall had discussed the possibility of White becoming a witness in any potential litigation. Hall suggested arranging a mediation, according to the e-mail, which was provided to the Chronicle by the Perry campaign.
The two sides resolved the dispute in exactly that way one month later, with BTEC receiving only $264,000 in fuel costs that the water authority had not disputed, according to documents. That was in addition to $1.6 million paid to BTEC in January under the terms of the emergency contract.