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Trans Adriatic Pipeline on Trial for Uprooting Olive Trees in Puglia

The com­pany behind the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and 18 of its top exec­u­tives have been called to trial in south­ern Italy.

In the region of Puglia, TAP has been respon­si­ble for uproot­ing at least 10,000 olive trees, includ­ing some listed as mon­u­men­tal,” to make way for the con­tro­ver­sial pipeline, which is being con­structed to trans­port gas from Azerbaijan.

We are going through hard times, being pun­ished for defend­ing our home and future gen­er­a­tions.– Sabina Giese, anti-pipeline activist

TAP exec­u­tives have been sum­moned to appear in court on May 8 and will face charges of com­mit­ting envi­ron­men­tal dam­age. The com­pany has been accused of car­ry­ing out unau­tho­rized work in restricted areas and on agri­cul­tural land deemed to be of con­sid­er­able pub­lic inter­est,” pol­lut­ing ground­wa­ter and the unlaw­ful removal of olive trees.

In 2017, Olive Oil Times reported on the wide­spread protests in Puglia that broke out when the com­pany was given the green light to uproot more than 200 trees to facil­i­tate con­struc­tion of TAP’s Italian ter­mi­nal in Melendugno, despite ongo­ing appeals.

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The upcom­ing court case against TAP has failed to quell the anger of the No-TAP orga­ni­za­tion, which was formed to pre­vent the pipeline’s con­struc­tion. Around 100 of the group’s mem­bers have been charged with…

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