By John Donovan
People who are as familiar with Shell as I am, will know that Noble Drilling has stepped forward on commercial grounds to take the blame for the reckless screw-up that was actually directed by Shell, partly to evade tax.
This was why Lawrence of Alaska (David Lawrence, the Shell VP supposedly responsible for Shell’s Arctic shambles) was fired at the time. He was himself a fall guy for his boss, Marvin Odum, the President of Shell Oil Company.
Noble Drilling obviously wants to keep Shell as a client and has therefore been willing to soak up the criminal record, with attendant reputational fallout and multimillion dollar fines.
Well worth the short term pain to retain Shell as a long term client.
Neither company should be allowed anywhere near Alaskan/Arctic waters again.