Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:55 PM
HarveyDarkey (9,077 posts)
Surprise: Shell’s rig ran aground in Alaska because the company was trying to avoid taxes
4 Jan 2013 12:17 PM
By Philip Bump
On New Year’s Eve, in the middle of a storm, Shell was trying to tow its Kulluk drilling rig from Alaska to Seattle. Why then? Why risk the bad weather, which, as it turned out, caused the rig to break free from its tugboats and run aground on Kodiak Island?
To avoid paying state taxes, of course. From Alaska Dispatch:
A Shell spokesman last week confirmed an Unalaska elected official’s claim that the Dec. 21 departure of the Kulluk from Unalaska/Dutch Harbor involved taxation.
City councilor David Gregory said Shell would pay between $6 million and $7 million in state taxes if the Kulluk was still in Alaska on Jan. 1.
Ah, but the weather had other plans, sorry to say. Shell will end up having to pay that money after all, and then some.
Gregory said the departure of the Kulluk took money away from local small businesses servicing the rig. He predicted the maritime mishap will prove very costly to the oil company.
“It will cost them more than that $6 million in taxes. Maybe they should have just stayed here,” Gregory said.
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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 04:52 PM
Blue_In_AK (43,423 posts)
6. Also note another Shell drilling rig is under criminal investigation.
Shell's offshore drilling activities up here this year have been a continuing comedy (?) of errors.