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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EBRD’s copycat BTC decision leaves campaigners more determined than ever

Today's decision by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to grant a USD 250 million loan for BP's controversial Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline has come as no surprise to environmental campaigners in Azerbaijan and Georgia. However, with fresh allegations of project improprieties emerging, campaign groups have resolved that the international financial institutions (IFIs) …

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Political comfort for all. As crunch time approaches for the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline, local groups demand an end to business as usual

Georgian environment group Green Alternative has today written to the executive directors of both the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Finance Corporation to express the group's misgivings with the public disclosure process surrounding the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline. Backed by other groups in the region, the letter focuses on the multi-stakeholder meetings which the …

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First BTC court case filed in Georgia

The Georgian District Court has granted Association "Green Alternative", a Georgian NGO, the right to commence a legal action in connection with the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. The NGO remains deeply concerned about the controversial environmental clearance granted by the Georgian government for the construction of the pipeline's Georgian section on November 30, 2002. The legal action, …

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World Bank and EBRD Decisions in the Pipeline as Baku-Cehyan Disclosure Period Begins

Ever since British Petroleum CEO Sir John Browne declared that the controversial Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline would be viable only "if 'free money' is offered by governments to build the line", environmental groups have been demanding that the likely donors, the multilateral development banks (MDBs) and governmental export credit agencies (ECAs), pay serious attention to …

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We are fighting for our future, not for oil

Nongovernmental organisations and public activists are gathering in front of the local office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in the Georgian capital today to express their concerns regarding EBRD involvement in the construction of the Baku- Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline. The protest's main message is "No public money for human rights abuse, corruption …

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Public speaks out against oil pipeline through Borjomi Valley

A public meeting held yesterday and today in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, underscored public disenchantment with the proposed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline. The pipeline, which will connect the Caspian Sea with the Mediterranean, is being planned by a consortium led by BP. The meeting, which was organised by the Association Green Alternative and the Public Movement for …

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BP report ignores alternatives, says environmental group

The Central and East European Bankwatch Network today released a report criticising BP for inadequately studying the environmental and social effects of the planned Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline. The pipeline would connect offshore oilfields in the Caspian Sea with a tanker terminal at the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean Sea. According to Bankwatch, …

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