‘Sky News’ reports that some of the world’s largest oil companies are not currently taxing fossil fuel extraction and production activities in the North Sea.
ExxonMobil received a total of 7 137.48 million from HMRC, Shell 9 129.26 million and BP.8 45.83 million in fiscal 2019-20, according to official figures released by the UK-based Extractive Industries Transparency initiative.
This data proves that one-third of all major energy companies operating in the North Sea pay public capital, paying taxes on the costs of the same companies, so it looks like they did not pay this fee.
The situation is related to the UK monetary policy implemented a few months after the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The move in question allows oil and gas companies to demand public money.
Following the Paris Agreement, Exxon repaid 423.03 million net taxes related to its North Sea operations, while BP 75 received 575.79 million and Shell 70 470.03 million, close to 10 million.
Although a portion of these sums are related to corporate tax contracts, significant portions of them are related to remittances sent to remove infrastructure.
Total amount allocated for assessment by the Oil and Gas Commission of the Government of the United Kingdom. 59.93 billion.
In the coming decades, British taxpayers will have to bear almost 40% of that amount due to the government’s tax policy.
Energy company Rysstad Energy recently named the UK the world’s best profitable regulator for oil and gas companies to “create better offshore fields”.
Compared to the tax situation in the UK and Norway in 2019, Greg Muttid, Senior Adviser, International Agency for Sustainable Development: 1.46 euros (£ 1.24) tax per barrel of oil and 13,08 euros (15.44) later;
The move has been challenged by activist groups who believe the current tax policy is tantamount to subsidizing the British people for fossil fuel extraction.
“These companies have the power to extract oil and gas for private gain, not for the public good, and certainly not for the treasury,” Tessa Con, a lawyer and founder of the Uplift Group, told Sky News.
“They don’t help pay our hospitals and schools, they approach public money and hand it over to their administrators and partners,” he continued.
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