Climate change activists walked in front of a tanker this morning due to collect from UKOG’s Horse Hill oil production site in Surrey.
The 20 protesters, wearing Covid-19 face masks, said their action was against continued investment in fossil fuel sites across the UK.
The group, from Extinction Rebellion, slow-walked the tanker to delay its progress along Horse Hill to the site near Horley.
Pauline, who took part in the march, said:
“I’m here because we’ve seen that radical change is possible when governments decide it’s in the population’s wider interest.
“More than that, allowing fossil fuel extraction is public neglect, which is already open to legal challenge – there are currently 14 separate legal actions against the oil industry in the US for their historic lack of honesty about the damage burning fossil fuels does to our survival on this planet.
“I appeal to our local and national governments to halt this extraction right now. This has to change immediately – or it will be too late.’
Activists have called on the government to ‘build back better’ after the coronavirus outbreak by investing in renewable energy rather than fossil fuels.
Surrey County Council voted in September 2019 to allow 20 years of oil production at Horse Hill.
- A civil injunction prohibits certain protests at UKOG sites. In May 2020, the High Court reduced the scope of the injunction, removing protests against UKOG’s supply chain, as well as gathering, loitering and combining together. A hearing due this month will decide whether the injunction should be struck out.