The Alaska Dispatch has quoted from an email that Shell Alaska spokesperson Curtis Smith (right) sent on 27 December 2012.
Curtis said in his email:
“it’s fair to say the current tax structure related to vessels of this type influenced the timing of our departure.”
He also said it could cost “multiple millions” if the Kulluk was still in Alaska waters Jan. 1.
I think we can safely assume that Mr Curtis will have earned a big black mark against his name at Shell PR for telling the truth. That is not a quality that Shell management is looking for in a spokesperson.