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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:10 AM

Shell’s rig ran aground in Alaska because the company was trying to avoid taxes


via Grist:



Surprise: Shell’s rig ran aground in Alaska because the company was trying to avoid taxes
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.


The Kulluk grounding is costing taxpayers too. The 630 people working on the unified relief effort include employees of the state of Alaska and the U.S. Coast Guard. Twenty-one vessels are on the scene or nearby, and that doesn’t include aircraft. ......................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://grist.org/news/surprise-shells-rig-ran-aground-in-alaska-because-the-company-was-trying-to-avoid-taxes/



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:14 AM

1. Fugging greedy scumbags

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:16 AM

2. Quelle surprise...

Charge them every red cent that the rescue and recovery operation costs; do not let the taxpayer pay their way!

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:17 AM

3. Shell will end up having to pay that money

They'll be thoroughly compensated/reimbursed by us,at the gas pumps.......No worries...

They'll likely realize huge profits from the entire mess.....

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:44 AM

4. Understand but I have a few friends who work in California with permanent residence in NV and live

 

in motor homes in California while working 12 hour shifts.

They do that to avoid California taxes.

I know that's a stretch but even individuals try to avoid taxes.

I'll bet many DUers purchase things over the Internet and don't pay state sales taxes even thought their state law may require taxes be paid on Internet purchases.

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Response to jody (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:28 AM

5. And yet even if I did, I wouldn't cause a major distaster.

Go figure.

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Response to LisaLynne (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:29 PM

8. OP issue "trying to avoid taxes". If you try to avoid taxes aren't you in principle just as guilty

 

as Shell?

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Response to jody (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:34 AM

6. You think people should be forced to work in the same state where they live?

What's your point exactly?

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:10 PM

7. The point is that is that Shell shouldn't have to pay taxes because the little guy cheats.

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Response to bahrbearian (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:30 PM

10. NOPE! It's perfectly legal to live in one state and work in another. Not cheating, LOL.

It was a very stupid post.

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:13 PM

11. Sarcasm

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Response to bahrbearian (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:19 PM

12. ha ha, sorry. so hard to tell with all the outrageous BS posted here.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:34 PM

9. Blood sucking leeches.

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