“Italian communities block pipeline works to save ancient olive trees , by Elena Gerebizza, Energy campaigner March 23, 2017
An ancient olive grove in southern Italy is currently on the frontlines of grassroots resistance to the Southern Gas Corridor project, the EU’s flagship energy project.
Earlier this week, members of the No TAP Committee, a local civil society group, and residents from the town of Melendugno mobilised to protest against what appears like the beginning of the works on the Italian section of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the westernmost point of this gigantic energy infrastructure. The protesters have been met with fierce police response, and this development is an unprecedented escalation of a years long stand-off around the landfall site of the pipeline.
In the early hours of Monday (March 20), TAP excavators moved in, in a bid to uproot the olive trees and…
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