Climate campaigners have blockaded Schlumberger’s research centre in Cambridge with a pink boat, fake oil rig, and metal “tripods”.
The activists from XR Cambridge and XR Youth Cambridge said they aimed to disrupt business for a week by stopping deliveries and access to the Gould Research Centre on University of Cambridge land.
This evening, police gave protesters a first warning. An XR Cambridge spokesperson said:
“They won’t be deterred. We’re here to stay. We’ve had enough of the University of Cambridge cosying up to fossil fuel giants which are destroying our planet.”
Schlumberger is a major oil services company and the world’s biggest offshore drilling firm. It says it has expertise in 120 countries. Its Cambridge site, with more 930m2 of laboratory space and offices for more than 100 scientists, develops new methods for extraction of oil and gas.
The XR campaigners said their action was an “escalation” of an ongoing Schlumberger out” campaign.
This has made three demands of Schlumberger and the University of Cambridge:
- Cambridge University to cut all ties with Schlumberger and stop collaboration
- Schlumberger to leave Cambridge
- Schlumberger to “stop profiting off planetary destruction and commit to climate reparations”
The XR spokesperson said:
“Schlumberger profits from our unhealthy dependence on oil and gas – yet the University continues to lend it legitimacy by hosting it on University land and providing it with a ready supply of academics to help with its fossil fuel research.
“We’re here today because the University has totally abandoned its moral duty to avert disaster by cosying up to planet-killers. It’s time to kick Schlumberger out of our city and off the planet!”
Police said protests remained peaceful throughout the day and had “minimal impact on those working at the site”.