Just Stop Oil eco-mob launch dawn raid on Scottish fuel terminal
3rd May 2022

Eco-mob launch dawn raid on Scottish fuel terminal: Just Stop Oil activists block entrance to Nustar Clydebank depot… as drivers face record petrol and diesel prices

  • Up to 40 activists descended on the Nustar Clydebank terminal at around 4am
  • Eco-mob said members have climbed tankers and blocked the site’s entrance
  • It is the group’s first action in Scotland since it began blocking terminals in April 

Just Stop Oil eco-zealots have blocked the entrance to a depot in Scotland, saying they ‘have no choice’ but to cause the disruption in their ‘desperate’ bid to end fossil fuel investments. 

In a video posted on Twitter, the Gen Z activists can be seen holding up an orange banner carrying their group’s name outside the Nustar Clydebank terminal in Glasgow. 

In the clip, taken in the early hours of this morning, a 20-year-old named Eilidh says her generation will ‘have no future’ if fossil fuels are not stopped, before taking a swipe at older generations who ‘should have done this years ago’. 

The group said up to 40 of its members descended on the terminal at around 4am and climbed on top of tankers and ‘locked on at the entrance.’

It said others entered the terminal itself and ‘have locked on at height to halt operations.’

It is the group’s first action in Scotland since they began disrupting the UK’s oil supply on April 1. 

It comes just days after a total of 35 people were arrested after a rag-tag group from the eco-mob damaged pumps and glued themselves to the tarmac and vehicles at two petrol stations on the M25. 

Meanwhile, drivers were warned last night that Petrol and diesel prices could hit new records within weeks – just in time for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday getaway in early June.   

Just Stop Oil protestors are seen blocking the entrance to the Nustar Terminal in Glasgow

In a video posted on Twitter, the Generation Z activists can be seen holding up an orange banner carrying their group’s name outside the Nustar Clydebank terminal in Glasgow

Just Stop Oil’s protests were partially to blame for previous price increases after they blocked several oil terminals in the south east of the country at the beginning of last month. 

In her video address this morning, Eilidh said: ‘Oil destroys communities, one in four people in Scotland live in fuel poverty, the drilling of oil is on our doorstep… it does not benefit any of us apart from the CEOs. 

‘We need to stop this now, we should have done this years ago. 

‘It shouldn’t be me sitting on this road, it should have been the generation before me. 

‘I’m here now because I don’t have a choice. I’m really desperate. 

‘If we don’t act now then none of us will have a future.’ 

It comes after a mob of 40 Just Stop Oil activists descended on Cobham Services and the Clacket Lane Services in Kent at around 7am last Thursday, before sitting outside the entrances and gluing themselves to the tarmac. 

It was not until 2pm that Surrey Police announced 40 officers had cleared the demonstrators from the forecourts – but they again faced questions about why they did not act faster to remove the group, who vowed to continue causing hell to drivers at further stunts in the coming weeks.

The force said it had to use specialist de-bonding equipment to remove the protesters. 

Just Stop Oil claim 1,000 activists have been arrested since the start of the month, when they blocked a series of oil terminals in a move that was partially blamed for pushing up petrol prices. 

Police remove an activist form the roof of an oil tanker in Cobham Services on the M25 in Surrey today

Police pick up an activist from Just Stop Oil who have blocked the entrance to the petrol station at Cobham Services

Surrey Police said the stunts had caused ‘considerable disruption’ and ‘huge financial loss’ with the pumps switched off and motorists being diverted away from both stations.

It comes after analysis by the AA, released yesterday, found wholesale prices surged by 5p a litre last week – a rise which takes two to three weeks to be passed on at the pumps.

It could mean a repeat of the situation in March, when prices were hitting new records daily. 

The latest figures show average fuel prices were 162.4p a litre for petrol and 176.5p for diesel last week, down from a record 167.3p and 179.9p. 

The AA’s Luke Bosdet said: ‘Drivers need to brace themselves for a jump in the cost of petrol.’

It is the latest hammer blow for Britain’s 33million motorists, many of whom are already feeling the pinch and cutting back on journeys due to the spiralling cost of living.

Fuel bills in the UK already rose dramatically this year and are thought to possibly hit new highs after the wholesale price rose by 5p a litre last week (pictured: fuel prices in Cardiff yesterday)

Millions of people driving on the roads on the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday is expected to force prices to spike

It also spells pain at the pumps for drivers planning on getaways during next month’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday and over the summer.

The four-day Bank Holiday has been created to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

Millions are expected to take to the roads to be with friends and family for a series of events across the country marking the milestone.

Prices were hitting new daily records for several weeks up until mid-March after the war in Ukraine pushed up costs amid fears of future fuel shortages. Russia is the world’s third-largest oil producer.

Pump prices only started falling after Chancellor Rishi Sunak slashed fuel duty on petrol and diesel by 5p a litre in his March mini-budget.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (pictured) took action to lower the fuel prices earlier this year

Mr Bosdet said: ‘Supermarkets, because of their contracts, will take longer to pass on the increases and that is where drivers should be heading to keep their costs down.’

He said motorists should look to adjust their driving style if they want to further cut back on costs.

‘Motorists can soften the impact of the pump price rises,’ he said, ‘by moderating their speeds and smoothing their driving by leaving more space between them and the car in front.

‘Accelerating more gently can also save pounds.’

He said one of the major factors pushing up prices was a predicted surge in demand for fuel in America and other countries as their drivers start to hit the road for their summer holidays, with the extra global demand inflating prices.

He added: ‘The predictable seasonal boost to petrol prices is coming into play.’ The continued war in Ukraine also continues to have an impact.

In March, average petrol and diesel prices surged more than any other month on record – 11p and 22p a litre respectively – meaning motorists have already endured the most costly Easter and early May Bank Holiday getaways on record.

It is often at least a few weeks before retailers pass on wholesale increases because this is the time it takes to sell their cheaper stocks before re-stocking at the higher price.

 

 

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