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A taxing time for Shell

Screen Shot 2013-01-11 at 20.09.51By John Donovan

After Shell’s Arctic ambitions hit the rocks at the end of December 2012, Shell initially conceded that the ill-fated Kulluk drilling rig had left port under tow to avoid taxes. Shell then backtracked. Shell chief executive Peter Voser rejected accusations that tax issues were a factor in the move. Now we have confirmation from Sean Churchfield, Shell’s operations manager in Alaska, that the first admission was correct. The Kulluk left port in order to avoid “millions” in annual state taxes. That admission has damaged the credibility and reputation of Shell and Peter Voser, who is conveniently taking early retirement, as did the original fall guy, Lawrence of Alaska. Shell reserved its position in respect of an analysis by retired Shell International Group HSE Auditor, Bill Campbell, of the fall out from the Arctic shambles, that we published on this website. See below: “Shell Misadventures in the Arctic Region in Alaskan waters”

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