Was it Taxes, Bad Decicions, or a “Complex Chain of Events” that caused the grounding of the drilling rig Kulluk near Kodiak Island?
Alaska winters are notorious. And the seas in the Gulf of Alaska are particularly bad in mid-winter. The Houston Chronicle reported that Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo said, “the most significant factor was the decision to attempt the voyage during the winter in the unique and challenging operating environment of Alaska.”
Interestingly, Shell may have been encouraged to move the rig because if they didn’t, they might have to pay the state of Alaska a multi-million dollar tax bill.
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