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.
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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