Internal US agency watchdog faults BP on BTC pipeline

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Today the Office of Accountability (OA), an internal compliance watchdog of the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), is expected to release a report confirming that BP failed to provide the government agency with critical information about the widespread cracking of anti-corrosion coating on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline. Download

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How the EBRD can help get Georgia on the mend

The EBRD’s forthcoming Country Strategy for Georgia Comments from Green Alternative /CEE Bankwatch Network 

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Oil addicts find new veins as BTC pipeline finally opens

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The day before state dignitaries, oil men and bankers from around the world gather for the grand launch party in Turkey of BP's more than one year delayed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, campaigners who have monitored the BTC project are charging BP and participating international financial institutions (IFIs) with failing affected communities and the local environment. …

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New Georgian dam plans poised to hit the environment and people’s pockets

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A roundtable discussion organised in Tbilisi today by Association Green Alternative and CEE Bankwatch Network marks the first step in the mobilisation of Georgian society to stop a destructive joint Georgian government-World Bank plan aiming to construct the 700 MW Khudoni Hydro Power Plant (HPP) at a cost of at least USD 500 million in …

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BTC pipeline’s poverty reduction credentials rubbished by new report

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A new report out today reveals the real impacts of BP’s Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline and catalogues the Georgian people's unfulfilled hopes of increased welfare and development arising from BP’s billion dollar project, hopes which have been fuelled by project backers the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). "BTC Pipeline – …

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BTC pipeline scrutiny intensifies as problems increase

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Tbilisi (Georgia)/London (UK) Six weeks before the official opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline on October 27, campaigners from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the UK and Germany are launching the next phase of the international BTC Campaign. The campaign aims to intensify scrutiny of the fundamental environmental, social and human rights problems associated with the project. …

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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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