BTC battles poverty, communication problems

Although great care was taken in dealing with environmental problems, the region’s fragile political stability, and about 20,000 local landowners during the BTC construction, not everything went smoothly.Sudden large amounts of money from a construction project can cause serious problems at all levels. For instance, the Christian Science Monitor reported June 16, 2004, that the head of the village of Khaishi, Georgia (near Tblisi), and his relatives allegedly absconded with $330,000 meant for 130 families affected by the pipeline.Relative situationAccording to the report, the owners’ project manager BP denied responsibility for unfair financial distribution because it scrupulo...

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