Environment Ministry Refuses Again to Approve Report on Bourgas-Alexandroupolis Oil Pipeline

Environment Ministry Refuses Again to Approve Report on Bourgas-Alexandroupolis Oil Pipeline

Bulgaria's Environment and Water Ministry said on Thursday it has decided again not to approve the environmental assessment report for the Bourgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline project.

The Ministry will bring its decision to the notice of Trans-Balkan Pipeline, the company which has been set up to implement the project for a pipeline that is to carry Russian and Caspian oil from the Bulgarian port of Bourgas to the Greek port of Alexandroupolis.Trans-Balkan Pipeline will be given a last deadline of two months to supplement the report.

The Ministry first refused to approve the reports on Bourgas-Alexandroupolis in November 2010. A second refusal (concerning the environmental assessment report) came at the end of March 2011, and now, this is the third negative response.

It has been agreed that the project should be definitively scrapped after three refusals. But as the regulatory framework changed at the beginning of 2011, the first refusal does not count, so the company is given one last chance. /Source: BTA/

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