Climate change activists blockade oil refineries near London

By staff writers
October 16, 2010

Climate change protesters have blockaded a road leading to a major oil refinery outside London, in order to slow the flow of fuel to the capital.

The demonstration on Saturday 16 October 2010 was organised by action group The Crude Awakening ( ). It involved around 500 people.

The protesters' target was the Swiss-owned Coryton oil refinery, situated 30 miles north east of London, near Stanford-le-Hope.

Action was also taken at Shell Haven refinery in Essex.

Television video showed activists in all-white jumpsuits breaking through police lines in some places at Coryton.

The all woman group locked themselves to immobilised vehicles on both lanes of the road, preventing oil tankers from leaving the refinery to deliver their oil.

Essex police described the demonstration as "peaceful" and said there had been no arrests.

Protester Terri Orchard declared: “We don’t have a hope of tackling climate change if we don’t find a way to start moving beyond oil. But Big Oil is relentless. From the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic to the Canadian tar sands, oil companies are devastating local environments, trampling the rights of local communities, and pushing us over the edge to catastrophic climate change."

She continued: "We are here at the source of the problem, at the UK’s busiest oil refinery, to stop the flow of oil to London. We’re here to put a spanner in the works of the relentless flow of oil and to say no more. This place, this whole industry, must become a thing of the past.”

The action was part of a global week of action called for by the Climate Justice Action Network (CJA).

From the Philippines to Argentina, people from 22 different countries are this week taking action against the fossil fuel industry.

Crude Awakening is supported by a spectrum of direct action groups including the Camp for Climate Action, Plane Stupid, Rising Tide, Space Hijackers, Liberate Tate, Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, Earth First! and the UK Tar Sands Network.

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