Opponents of fracking held a demonstration outside BP’s headquarters in London as part of an international day of action.
The actions marked the fifth anniversary of the climate agreement reached at the COP21 conference in Paris in December 2015. Protests in more than 20 countries included blockades of terminals in Europe which import fracked gas, as well actions at fracking sites around the world.
Campaigners from Frack Off London called on BP to end its fracking operations in Colombia, Mexico, Oman, West Papua and Argentina.
Lorraine Inglis, of Frack Off London said:
“With a moratorium on fracking in England, we are here to highlight the hypocrisy of British-backed fracking in countries such as Argentina.
“BP admitted that fracking in the UK would ‘attract the wrong kind of attention’ but, with the financial support of UK Export Finance, they are actively pursuing the industry in Argentina where there is less regulation and a greater risk of violent repression for those who stand up to the industry.
“If the UK government are serious about being climate leaders in the run up to hosting COP26 in Glasgow next year, they must actively withdraw all forms of support for fracking.”