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angel4me
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:04:41 AM

So far, the debate over a state oil-tax cut hasn't gone the way Alaska's three major oil producers wanted, so one of them has announced it's scaling back pioneering-but-costly North Slope exploration. That's the takeaway from a Journal of Commerce article that says BP has announced plans to reduce investment in technically challenging efforts in Alaska's Arctic oil and gas fields, including shutting down an experimental heavy-oil production project on the North Slope.

BP Alaska President John Minge blamed the Alaska Legislature's unwillingness to reduce its oil-production taxes to encourage long-term development, according to the article.

“We have realized there is a certain mismatch in our strategy and it is time to take corrective steps. We have been too heavily focused on developing
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 11:36:57 AM

Poor reporting.
NedW
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:02:54 AM

Taxes=cost of doing business. Who pays for that? The consumer does.
remay
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:05:12 AM

As if they needed one?
DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 5:33:13 AM

if it's economic, do it. if it isn't don't.
mpg611
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 6:11:11 PM

Im surprised that a 'conservative' state such as Alaska wouldnt offer tax breaks. Then again, theres a difference between being an economic conservative and a social conservative.
exilion
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:37:14 AM

When they can't find oil elsewhere, they will be back.
jkpsr
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:07:52 AM

Why should we give BP anything? We should own them after the gulf oil spill.
seeyardee
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:07:32 AM

One less place BP can spill oil.
boatmen
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:05:37 AM

Greedy biches
cheaper0ON
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:05:11 AM

Okay.
mrbee
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:03:56 AM

Not good.
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 7:16:06 PM


If BP cannot operate without tax breaks, then let the free market dictate its moves. Corporations like BP can do without our tax money.
nsdp
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 1:12:43 PM

No the unsaid issue is Aleyska Pipeline is now 35 years old. The probable oil available on the North Slope doesn't justify the cost of replacement unless you assume $150/barrel for oil. Does absolutely no good to do a bunch of exploration if you can't afford to get it to market.

Also means China won't get it either johton.

[Edited by: nsdp at 11/24/2012 1:14:50 PM EST]
ziyulu
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:31:57 PM

They are abandoning it because they can't afford it after paying so much fines for the oil spill.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:22:55 PM

Perfect, now China can move in!
mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:22:34 PM

This is how it hsould be.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:52:12 AM

Green Party will be happy
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:30:43 AM

I'm not surprised.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:24:28 AM

Good!
APlus
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:37:03 AM

Gas Businesses if they do choose to - must weigh the costs of getting the Gas vs what they can sell it for. If it costs to much to make and prices do not cover their actual costs with a profit - we do not do it.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:35:22 AM

On Nov 24, 2012 1:52:49 AM, pricewar wrote:

>Obama knows how to extract blood from a turnip

Since when did Obama have any effect in setting state tax rates? Of course, for those who hate Obama, anything is possible.
bar1035
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:32:24 AM

everyone wants a tax break these days. no different than apple and google
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:22:46 AM

Why am I not surprised? BP was low on my list, I didn't think my opinion could drop any lower of them, but it did.
dandvicb
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:04:03 AM

they're making billons per month anyway!!
grandpadon28110
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 7:33:28 AM

Ok.
yardslave
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 7:11:01 AM

Can't have an advantage ALL the time anymore....
Ltdc
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 7:07:51 AM

And so it goes.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 6:51:23 AM

Hurray!
MN1
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 6:43:09 AM

Too bad.
FocusST2
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 6:14:27 AM

The amount of money BP makes off of oil without tax breaks they're making money. Besides with all of the damage BP has created they don't deserve a tax break.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 6:03:00 AM

Ugh
OHMS
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 5:01:57 AM

heaven only knows who is right here
SkooterG
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 4:20:35 AM

Tough here to figure out who the bad guy is.
OHMS
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:33:13 AM

NO tax break?
LauraLea5
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:27:25 AM

okay
JohnofGB
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:25:10 AM

Don't let the door hit you in the butt.
pricewar
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:52:49 AM

Obama knows how to extract blood from a turnip
Pozole
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:22:51 AM

...I wouldn't trust them...
MrLefty0706
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 1:27:00 AM

There should not be any tax breaks for companies that make more than 10 billion in profit per quarter.
72_Monte
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 1:07:46 AM


Can't make a bigger buck without that tax break, huh?
GasholeMI
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 1:05:56 AM

A lot of hate for BP.
Zonk
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 1:00:53 AM

I don't disagree with BP at all. Am really shocked that they are still in business.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:59:23 AM

smart move
BinAlaska
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:56:12 AM

For Those who cannot read, it is Our STATE legislature here in Alaska that is not giving Tax Breaks, NOT the Federal Government.
kishoreCA
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:55:40 AM

alaska is saved from a spill :-)
obimerrill
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:55:19 AM

Yep...and more to come in Obama's second term
Tiernan
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:54:24 AM

Serves em right!
Bezalel
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:53:27 AM

"Maybe BP can't afford a big investment with all the fines they have been paying "

Don't bet on that! They were making record profits very recently. They take a one time charge for the fine, raise prices, and they're back.
el_fr
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:49:20 AM

No more subsidies
CatMan623
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:47:54 AM

I'd just as soon BP didn't do any exploration work for a decade or two...
1fulltank
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:47:11 AM

They will probably not be fling solo if others await the same loss.
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