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| October 19, 2018

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Italian olive grove stands in way of European energy security -

A site for the construction of a pipeline is seen in a grove of century-old olive trees in the southern Italian village of MelendugnoThe 231 trees, surrounded by dry-stone walls on a dusty plain near the Adriatic coast, stand in the way of a $ 45 billion pipeline designed to bring gas from central Asia and help wean the European Union off its dependence on Russian energy. Local authorities want the pipeline re-routed away from the prized grove, which includes trees thought to be more than 400 years old, but developers have Rome's approval to proceed, on condition they are transplanted while pipes are laid and buried. Wary of protests, the pipeline consortium, which includes Britain's BP , Azeri state energy company SOCAR and Italian gas company Snam , has hired 24-hour security.



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