Occupy! 25 young people enter UK’s largest oil terminal to Just Stop Oil

For the sixth day in a row, 43 supporters of Just Stop Oil have disrupted oil supplies from critical oil facilities in support of their demand that the UK government end new oil and gas projects in the UK.

Around 25 young people have entered the Navigator terminal and climbed on top of tankers and the loading bay, and are locked on and displaying Just Stop Oil banners.

Elsewhere, 7 supporters of Just Stop Oil have established a roadblock on Stoneness roundabout on West Thurrock Way, while another 11 attempted to block Stonehouse Corner roundabout on London Road before they were intercepted by police. These are on key tanker routes to and from the Grays, Navigator and Purfleet terminals. The group at Stonehouse Corner roundabout are sitting down in the road with banners.

Hannah, 23, from Brighton, speaking from Navigator Terminal said:

“I’m so scared. It’s obscene. I’m 23 and the only way people will listen to me is if I lock onto the pipework of a fuelling station. Boris Johnson is signing a death sentence for my future by subsidising £25m a day of taxpayers money into new oil and gas.

They can take away my liberty, they can take away my freedom and they can choose to ignore the alarm we are sounding on the climate crisis. But they can’t take away my courage to put my body on the line for every young person that is suffering from extreme heat in the global south or freezing to death in fuel poverty in the UK and having to choose between heating and eating.

“We are not going to die quietly. Please don’t be a bystander. Say no to new oil.”

Nathan, 22, from Coventry said:

“It’s quite simple. New oil does not happen if our government is serious about the climate crisis. I am facing living out the rest of my life surrounded by unimaginable horror that has been brought on us all by the rich and powerful. They are the ones who will pay for the transformation we desperately need. Fossil fuel companies, governments, and dirty bankers have gotten away with robbing ordinary people across the world, and the UK, for too long.”

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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