Baku-Ceyhan pipeline receives Georgian clearance; Environmentalists cry foul

Today the Georgian government gave environmental clearance for the construction of the Georgian section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. This despite the fact that, during the environmental review process, environmental organisations had questioned the resolve of British Petroleum as the leading member of the BTC consortium to adequately address the project’s environmental and social consequences. International …

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Georgians Protest “Zero Minus One” Risk Theory in Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline

Today groups of citizens joined representatives from various NGOs and political parties in protest in front of the Georgian International Oil Company (GIOC), which represents Georgia in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline project. The protest came in response to the Georgian Government's decision to issue permission for construction by November 30. The decision violates Georgian environmental …

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Incomplete Assessments – Who Will Guarantee Pipeline Safety? More Questions on British Petroleum’s Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

Two documents published today by the CEE Bankwatch Network criticise plans for a proposed oil export pipeline in Georgia. The papers Quality Analysis of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Draft Report for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline: Georgian Part and Comments on Draft ESIA Report for BTC pipeline (Georgia) find many deficiencies in a report …

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Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey Pipelines Highlight Ills of Extractive Industry

The IFC and other international financial institutions are considering the possibility of financing the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Main Export Oil Pipeline (BTC) and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzrum Gas pipelines. CEE Bankwatch Network and other NGOs are demanding that they not finance the project until the project is able to demonstrate real development benefits to the public in the Caspian region. …

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World Bank Pipeline in Georgia and Azerbaijan Illustrates Problems with Extractive Industries

The Baku-Supsa pipeline was the first fast-track component of the "contract of the century," involving partial development of the Chirag oil field and related facilities in the Caspian Sea. The export of oil from Sangachal is routed via the Northern Route Export Pipeline to Novorosiysk and the Western Route Export Pipeline to a new storage …

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Caspian Black Gold: New Study Raises Concerns about the Impact of Oil Development in Georgia and Azerbaijan

The new study, "Pocketing Caspian Black Gold: Who are the Real Beneficiaries of Oil Infrastructure Development in Georgia and Azerbaijan?" published by CEE Bankwatch Network and Energy Project, highlights concerns regarding the rapid development of oil fields in the Caspian Sea and its impact on the local public. The report raises doubts that oil development …

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