Just Stop Oil targets key oil facilities in Essex on their eighth day of action

Supporters of Just Stop Oil have disrupted oil supplies from the Inter and Navigator terminals in Essex, marking the eighth day of action in support of their demand that the UK government end new oil and gas projects in the UK.

At around 2:40am today, two people climbed on a framework of oil pipes at the Grays Inter Terminal, one of the key suppliers to forecourts in the London area. Adrian from Derby and Darcy from Bristol succeeded in blocking all tankers from entering and exiting the terminal for approximately 3 hours, before they were unglued and removed by police.

At 7:30am, 70 people carrying Just Stop Oil banners marched along a key tanker route towards the Navigator terminal, at London Road, Thurrock. They were met by police and forced to sit in the road, effectively halting tanker movements to and from the terminal. Some have glued themselves to the road and say they intend to stay for as long as possible.

It is expected that this morning’s actions will further impact on fuel availability at petrol pumps across England

So far during the 8 days of nonviolent disruptive action there have been over 400 arrests, with at least 70 more expected today.

Just Stop Oil will continue to block oil terminals until the government makes a statement that it will end new oil and gas projects in the UK.

Louis McKechnie, 21, a mechanical engineering student from Weymouth said:

“The UK government’s new  energy security strategy is criminally incompetant. It will not lower our bills, secure our energy independence or save us from climate collapse. They could not have done a worse job. 

“We all know what needs to be done.  The quickest and cheapest way to lower our energy bills and cut demand for imported oil and gas is through insulation, renewables and free public transport. That the government is rejecting these common sense no brainer measures suggests they are corrupt or stupid. Either way they don’t represent me. I refuse to be complicit in the ongoing destruction of people’s lives and communities. Not in my name.”

Claudia Penna Rojas, 24, student, from Latin America

“Time and time again we have seen how corrupt and unsustainable our current energy system is and it just got a whole lot worse. To propose drilling for more oil and gas, when we all know it will destroy the future of every young person on the planet is madness. Energy companies are making massive profits while ordinary people struggle. It is time  the government started prioritising the welfare of the people it is meant to serve and especially the young. I can’t be complicit in genocide, neither should you”

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.


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Notes to Editors

[1] Locations 

  • Inter Terminals UK Ltd, London Rd, Grays RM17 6YU
  • 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