Mass Occupation of Kingsbury Oil Terminal halts production again

For the seventh day in a row, 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.

At around 00.40am today, 37 people entered the Kingsbury oil terminal near Tamworth and climbed on top of tankers and the loading bay and locked on to the pipework. They have sent video messages to explain their actions. [1]

Elsewhere, at the nearby BP Oil Depot entrance, supporters of Just Stop Oil established a roadblock halting tanker routes to and from the terminal, while at the massive Navigator terminal in Essex operations are still suspended due to the ongoing occupation.

It is expected that this will continue to impact on fuel availability at petrol pumps across England

So far this morning there have been at least 10 arrests of Just Stop Oil supporters, and the total number arrested since April 1st is well over 400

Just Stop Oil have issued the following statement

The latest IPCC report issued on Monday made clear that staying below 1.5C is now a fairy tale, what is now at stake is humanity’s survival, a liveable planet. Its message was clear: any further delay in implementing rapid and deep carbon cuts will result in the death of millions. Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General rammed home the message: “Climate activists are sometimes depicted as dangerous radicals.” He tweeted.  “But the truly dangerous radicals are the countries that are increasing the production of fossil fuels. Investing in new fossil fuels infrastructure is now moral and economic madness.”

Fast forward not 3 days and the publication of the UK government’s Energy Security strategy. What do they propose? Granting licences to new North Sea oil fields, another look at fracking and  purchasing oil and gas from Saudi Arabia?  These are the morally bankrupt plans of a criminal cartel protecting oil over life on earth.

Reducing energy demand through insulating housing is among the most cost-effective measures to cut our carbon emissions and enjoys huge public support, yet it barely figures. The government has fallen under the spell of shadowy lobbyists for the fossil fuel industry and is obsessed with huge infrastructure projects. 

Boris needs to get a grip, he has referred to the oil funded war in Ukraine as genocide, what then do you call the planned deaths of millions due to the on-going support of the carbon economy?

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 yet another betrayal by this continuing dependence on oil and gas, to step up and take action. Join our daily zoom calls at 7pm. It’s 2022 and the time to stand by has passed.

ENDS

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Notes to Editors

[1] Locations 

  • Kingsbury Oil Terminal, Tamworth, B78 2HA
  • BP Oil Depot, Kingsbury, Tamworth B78 2EF
  • Navigator Terminals Thames, Oliver Road, West Thurrock, Grays, Essex,RM20 3ED

[2] 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.

Further information about Just Stop Oil and our demands here: https://www.juststopoil.org