Why is Shell getting their hands on my tax dollars? I trust they will compensate the US Army for their troubles yes?
well, presumably that unit’s wartime duties would include moving heavy equipment form one place to another. I guess you could consider it good training.
I would question how you get compensation on this deal to the Army. They don’t have a pay-as-you-go operation or dollars-per-hour deal. They are the only ones around in Alaska who have heavy-lift choppers. So it is a logical choice to ask for their help. If you’d waited a week for commercial choppers to arrive...it’d been a bigger mess.
The Army will probably use this as a “real-world” training exercise.
Thye are also helping to keep the environment from being polluted. Good experience.
A year from now, a small article in a trade journal will announce the Fines and Penalties Shell has agreed to pay for this incident.
For the Gulf Spill last year (Deep Water Horizon, Mocondo well):
Transocean - owner of the drilling platfrom agreed to pay $1.4 Billion
BP - Agreed to pay $4 Billion in Fines, plus clean-up costs, plus research coss.