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


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 …


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, …


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, …


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 …


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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