Just Stop Oil supporters block critical oil terminals in Essex and Warwickshire with roadblocks and tunnels

50 supporters of Just Stop Oil have disrupted oil supplies from two critical oil facilities this morning in support of their demand that the UK government end new oil and gas projects in the UK. [1]

Around 30 people are involved in the actions in Essex, which included establishing a roadblock on St. Clements Way, a key tanker route to and from the Navigator terminal and occupying the Grays oil terminal in Thurrock.  

In North Warwickshire around 20 people have blocked or attempted to block Trinity Road and Piccadilly Way, the two main access roads to the  Kingsbury Oil Terminal.  Two supporters of Just Stop Oil climbed on top of a tanker on Trinity Road after traffic was brought to a halt by the roadblocks.

In addition it was revealed that five people are occupying two tunnels that have been dug under St Clements Way and London Road near the Inter Oil Terminal in Grays, Essex while four people are occupying a further two tunnels near the Kingsbury Terminal in Warwickshire. The tunnels are totally blocking access to Kingsbury and Navigator oil terminals.

Catherine Rennie-Nash, 72, a retired teacher from Kendal taking action today in Essex said:

“I am beyond angry about the government’s plans to allow more oil and gas projects in the UK.  I have no choice but to be in civil resistance. We need to understand that the government isn’t protecting us. The cost of living crisis is a choice, sky-high fuel bills is a choice, new oil and gas is a choice. Government is allowing companies to steal our wealth and destroy our future, they are criminals. 

Sam Holland, 20 , a student from Leeds who is also taking action in Essex today said:

“Consenting to more fossil fuels is consenting to the collapse of our food systems. It is consenting to the collapse of our societies, and to the deaths of hundreds of millions of people. Make no mistake – those in power who have planned this will be tried for crimes against humanity.” 

Jeannie Donald-McKim, 58, a teacher from Witney, Oxfordshire joining the action near Kingsbury today said:

Our addiction to oil is fuelling climate collapse and causing the worst cost of living crisis in 40 years. People are getting desperate.  We have run out of time for words. Now is the time for action. I urge everybody to step up and join us. This is the moment to come together and resist. We can do this. It’s not too late to make a difference. Join us on October 1st in Westminster. “

Anna Holland, 20, a student at Newcastle University who is also joining the action near Kingsbury said:

If you’re still debating whether to get involved in action against the government and the oil industry, ask yourself: do I want the rest of my life to look like this? Do I want this year – with the cost of living crisis, climate breakdown, deadly weather – to be the best year of the 2020s? Because that’s the reality we face if we don’t take action and make change now. “

We are not prepared to just watch while the government and fossil fuel industry destroy everything we love. We’re done with begging. Voting changes nothing. We are going to stop new oil whether those in power agree or not. As citizens, as humans, as parents and children we have every right under British law to protect ourselves and those we love. This is the moment, we are the last generation that can solve this. Will you step up and join us? If we all come together we can do this. We can Just Stop Oil. Join us on October 1st in Westminster.


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Notes to Editors

[1] Locations:

  • Navigator Terminals Thames, Oliver Road, West Thurrock, Grays, Essex,RM20 3ED
  • Inter Terminals UK Ltd, London Rd, Grays RM17 6YU
  • Kingsbury Oil Terminal, Tamworth, B78 2HA

[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