Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline Stopped as BP Caught Violating Georgian Law

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British oil giant BP has been forced to stop work on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline after breaching Georgian national law, campaigners revealed today. The Georgian government suspended work on BTC following BP's decision to start construction in the ecologically vulnerable Borjomi region, despite its repeated failures to obtain the necessary environmental certification to proceed. The …

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Ongoing BTC construction abuses provoke fresh complaint to project backer

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A landslide affected house in Dgvari, May 2004. BTC construction is likely to cause further deterioration Ongoing problems with the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline have led Georgian environmental group Association 'Green Alternative' to file an official complaint to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private lending arm. The complaint is made on …

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New BTC monitoring report throws light on Georgia’s forgotten pipeline people

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A new report from Georgian non-governmental organizations reveals that the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline continues to impose serious social and environmental impacts on local communities. The report from Association Green Alternative, Georgian member of CEE Bankwatch Network, and the Georgian Young Lawyers Association finds that the ongoing difficulties on the ground stem from …

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Georgian campaigner wins environmental “Nobel Prize”

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Manana Kochladze, founder of Georgian CEE Bankwatch member group Association Green Alternative, will today be awarded the prestigious Goldman Prize in recognition of her tireless campaign work on the controversial Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline project. Tbilisi native Kochladze is one of seven international campaigners set to receive the environmental equivalent of the Nobel Prize. The USD 3.6 …

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Georgians demand action to save their homes from oil pipeline. Official complaint to IFC reveals shocking BTC negligence

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Residents of Rustavi, Georgia's third city, have today submitted an official complaint to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) concerning the potentially disastrous construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline only 250 metres from a settlement of high-rise buildings.[1]The residents are taking this step following a prolonged period of uncertainty for them and their homes, a …

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BTC workers outraged by oil company’s violations. Promised highest standards are sorely lacking in Georgia

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Tbilisi, Georgia – Georgian workers on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline (BTC) are having their rights violated by the BTC Company, the BP led consortium in charge of the project. Trade unionists working on the pipeline's Georgian section are extremely concerned that both Georgian labour laws and employment standards laid down by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) …

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BTC pipeline court case in Tbilisi, Georgia on January 20

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The democratic values of Mikhail Saakashvili's Georgia will come under scrutiny next week when Georgian environment group Green Alternative brings legal proceedings against the Georgian government and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline Company (BTC Co). The court action will focus on the controversial environmental clearance granted by the Georgian government on November 30, 2002 for the construction …

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