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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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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