Shell may have moved rig to avoid taxes: U.S. lawmaker

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randburg100 wrote:

So? What do Starbucks, Amazon & Ebay have in common…yep, yank firms avoiding taxes….so, it’s apparently NOT acceptable for a British firm to avoid taxes, BUT it IS OK for a yank firm…I think I’ll suggest this to the publishers of the Oxford Dictionary as a definition for hypocrisy …..

Jan 11, 2013 2:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
lbw12 wrote:

Again, is the point missed that this rig survived 50 foot seas? That should more than attest to the structural soundness. That the only possible spill was from life boats, 270 gallons, and not the rig itself should not be lost, but applauded. Why is US policy, and politicians, ruled by media hype? Good Job Shell. Shame on Lisa and others for not stepping up!

Jan 11, 2013 3:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
assmuncher wrote:

So friggin what ya stupid dem?
Its no different than this democrat utilizing every deduction in the book on his taxes.

Jan 11, 2013 3:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
assmuncher wrote:

So friggin what ya stupid dem?
Its no different than this democrat utilizing every deduction in the book on his taxes.

Jan 11, 2013 3:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
JWoody907 wrote:

It’s interesting, as an Alaskan, to read this, considering the fact that our state is very much funded by oil and the oil industry already pays millions of dollars in taxes a year to us to keep developing our wells.
I doubt RDS would do what the Senator is accusing, considering the cost and risk of the move to avoid $6M in taxes risked tens of millions of dollars in equipment to accomplish, not to mention the obvious issues now of damage and government fines (and the promise to reimburse the USCG for the assistance it’s helicopters and cutters provided).

Jan 11, 2013 4:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
llawbor wrote:

It seems like the safety requirements of the life raft should be reviewed. 40% lost their fuel tanks, right? I wonder if they were dumped and crashed on the rocks or were flung off the rig at impact? Either way, I wouldn’t want to be in one with no fuel in front of those cliffs.

Jan 11, 2013 6:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

Who cares if Shell moved the rig to avoid being taxed on it?

That’s the prudent decision to make, no?

The law says Alaska taxes any rig in the state on Jan 1st….I’d be moving the rig before that date too.

Jan 11, 2013 9:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
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