Esso has applied to the High Court to commit a climate activist for breaching its injunction over protests against a new aviation fuel pipeline.
Scott Breen, also known as Digger, has occupied land in Surrey for more than 30 days.
He has been protesting since 1 August 2022 against the £150m Southampton-London Pipeline (SLP) Project.
Mrs Justice Heather Williams will hear Esso’s application tomorrow afternoon at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
48-year-old Mr Breen could be sent to prison for up to six months for contempt of court.
He was named, along with persons unknown, in an injunction order issued to Esso on 16 August.
Work on the pipeline was disrupted when Mr Breen dug a tunnel on land, near the M25 at Chertsey, used by contractors.
He left the tunnel on Monday 22 August, complying with a court order. But he them moved into a pallet tower above ground.
Esso’s new pipeline will take fuel from Boorley Green in Hampshire to storage at the West London Terminal in Hounslow. It is designed to replace the original, smaller, pipe from 1972.
Mr Breen said the existing pipeline had at least twenty years of useful life left. He said the new pipe would increase aircraft capacity at Heathrow:
“as the disastrous effects of just 1.2º of warming cause record breaking heatwaves and drought in Europe, and Pakistan is ravaged with devastating floods, ExxonMobil [Esso’s parent company] and Heathrow Airport together plan massive increases in climate destroying greenhouse gas emissions.
“I am only one man but I feel morally compelled to raise awareness of the criminal, immoral, nature of this scheme, where the largest Airport in the country and one of the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies are putting corporate profits before planet and people and planning to lock us in to decades of increasing emissions when we are already dining in the last chance saloon.”