Breaking: Just Stop Oil supporters disrupt two oil terminals

Supporters of Just Stop Oil have disrupted oil supplies from two oil terminals in Essex, in support of their demand that the UK government end new oil and gas projects in the UK.

At around 8am today, 20 people sat down in the road at a roundabout near the Purfleet Oil Terminal and climbed on top of a tanker, stopping it from moving. 

This was followed at 1pm by a further action at the Inter Terminal in Grays, Essex where 12 young people swarmed into the facility, climbed onto the loading bay pipework and locked on. At the same time a further 20 people entered the Navigator Terminal in Thurrock.

It is expected that this morning’s actions will continue to significantly impact fuel availability at petrol pumps across the South East. 

Since April 1st when supporters of Just Stop Oil first began blocking oil terminals there have been 915 arrests. The supporters of Just Stop Oil will continue the disruption until the government makes a statement that it will end new oil and gas projects in the UK.

Louis McKechnie, 21 from Weymouth said:

“I hate disrupting people’s lives at Easter, if there was another way I would be taking it. My generation has been utterly betrayed by the government and now, by the opposition.”

“The reality we face if we do not stop oil is that we will be fighting for food when the crops fail. There will be no NHS, no schools, no emergency services – everything we take for granted will fall apart. Look at Ukraine. That’s how it will be.”

“Our politicians are betraying us with every new oil and gas field they allow and there is no effective opposition to them. This corruption has to stop and until we have a statement from the government that it will end new oil and gas, the disruption will continue.”

Miranda Whelehan, 21, a student from Brighton said:

“Trust in the science. Science tells us no new oil if we want a liveable future. No more. That’s it. So when our government fails to do what is necessary to protect us, we have no choice but to do it ourselves. If we are to have a future, we must just stop oil.”

“More than that, oil is devastating people’s lives in the UK right now. How can we solve a cost of living crisis powered by the high cost of oil with more oil? It doesn’t make any logical sense, the only answer is that our government values big business above its own people. We must stop oil and transition to green energy and energy efficiency now. It’s a no brainer. There’s no time left. We must act”

Zac, 15 from Norfolk said:

“When will the government get a grip and just stop oil? Whilst Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were breaking the covid rules at their parties in 2020 I was following the rules and sitting at home terrified about the future I face. I am taking action with Just Stop Oil to shake up our government into action. I am fighting for my future, and yours, and that of everyone you know and love. We have no future with fossil fuels”

The Just Stop Oil Coalition is calling on all of those whose futures are being destroyed, who are facing poverty now, 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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