Breaking: Just Stop Oil tunnellers and truck surfers still in place after 32 hours

Just Stop Oil supporters who dug a secret network of tunnels near the Navigator and Grays oil terminals yesterday remain underground after 32 hours. They are demanding that the UK government stops new oil and gas projects in the UK.

Police have finally discovered and dismantled the above ground structures that were built to disguise the tunnelling activity yesterday. Concerns have been raised about the safety of tunnellers during this operation. Video footage released by Just Stop Oil reveals a lack of attention to Health and Safety procedures.  

Elsewhere, a group of 10 young people who remained at the Navigator and Grays sites overnight in freezing temperatures“truck-surfing” on top of oil tankers, remain in position after 32 hours. 

One of the tunnel occupants, Ben Taylor 27 (an environmental volunteer) said

“The government needs to get a grip. We need an emergency response to get off oil and gas now, paid for by fossil fuel companies and the rich, not ordinary people. Stop new oil and gas and we will leave the road.”

Hannah, 21 from Brighton who was one of those who endured freezing overnight temperatures on top of an oil tanker said

“When I imagine my future, this is never what I had in mind. I didn’t think that the start to my adult life would be marked by non-violent civil disobedience. This is never what I had in mind, this is not what I want to be doing with my time. But, when you really understand the scale and impact of the climate and ecological crisis, it’s hard to feel that you have any other choice.”

The Just Stop Oil Coalition is calling on all of those whose futures are being destroyed, who are facing poverty and who are outraged at the prospect of continuing our dependence on fossil fuels to step up and take action, join our daily zoom calls at 7pm. It’s 2022 and the time to stand by has passed.


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Notes to Editors

Locations: Inter Terminals UK Ltd, London Rd, Grays RM17 6YU, Navigator terminals Thames, Oliver Rd, West Thurrock, Grays, RM20 3ED

The Navigator Terminals, Thames is the largest bulk liquid terminal in the UK by throughput volume.

About Just Stop Oil

Just Stop Oil is a coalition of groups working together to demand that the government immediately halt all future licensing and consents for the exploration, development and production of fossil fuels in the UK.

We must urgently end our reliance on fossil fuels to avoid irreversible changes in the earth’s climate system. We cannot continue to burn fossil fuels in the belief that future developments in carbon capture and storage and other so-called “unicorn technologies” will allow us to suck vast quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. 

The UK must begin this process immediately. It starts by calling a halt to any further fossil fuel projects on the UK Continental Shelf. That would give us eight years of fossil fuel production left in which to rapidly transition to a zero carbon economy.

Everyone knows we have to engage in massive changes. Just Stop Oil is a coalition of groups demanding the no-brainer things be done immediately – actions that will reduce the demand for fossil fuel energy dramatically such as insulating our homes, rethinking how we travel, getting on with renewable energy and making sure no-one is left behind. 

We either come together as humanity or we die. Youth know which they choose. They have already chosen. They are in the streets to demand a future. We are all in the streets to make sure they get it. It’s as basic as that.

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