Fuel shortages ‘likely’ as campaign group Just Stop Oil occupies more oil centres

Protestors have blocked three oil terminals in a protest which could impact fuel availability in Nottinghamshire and the rest of the East Midlands. The protestors, from a group called Just Stop Oil, have occupied the terminals in three locations across the country in an attempt to try and push the Government to take action and reduce its oil and gas use.

Last week, there were shortages at Nottinghamshire petrol stations such as the Sainsbury’s and Asda in West Bridgford and Morrison’s in Gamston after similar protests by the group. They say they expect a similar fuel shortage as a result of their most recent action.

Just Stop Oil said in a statement: “Supporters of Just Stop Oil have disrupted oil supplies from oil terminals in Warwickshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, marking the tenth day of action in support of their demand that the UK government end new oil and gas projects in the UK.

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“Overnight, supporters of Just Stop Oil dug a tunnel under a key tanker route to the BP Kingsbury Terminal in Warwickshire. The tunnel was concealed by a modified caravan parked on the roadside and surrounded by Just Stop Oil supporters. Despite a number of police arrests, 5 people remain inside the caravan this morning working on the tunnel.

Just Stop Oil protestors occupying a terminal
Just Stop Oil protestors occupying a terminal

“At around 2:30am today [April 10], and despite a heavy police presence, 40 people approached the gates of the Buncefield oil terminal in Hertfordshire and locked on, blocking the entrance. This was followed at 6:30am by a further action at the Grays Inter Terminal in Thurrock where around 40 young people swarmed into the facility, climbed the loading bay pipework and locked on.”

They added that their actions are expected to “continue to significantly impact on fuel availability at petrol pumps across the South East and the Midlands”. Last week, Sainsbury’s apologised after its petrol station was “temporarily closed” after drivers were turned away on Monday, March 28.

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