Hundreds of climate change protestors barricaded the road leading to Coryton oil refinery at Stanford-le-Hope yesterday. They claimed they had stopped 375,000 gallons of fuel, (50 oil tankers), from leaving the depot. More demonstrators travelled from London to join the Crude Awakening protest and set up another blockage close to the entrance of the Shell Haven Oils Site on the same road.
What happens when in about 72 hours time their favourite supermarket is empty because there are no deliveries (no oil) and people can't go to work (no petrol). The 'pipeline' carrying goods and food will take up to three weeks to get back to full operation when oil is again available. Most businesses will be disrupted in some way, be it because staff can't get into work or staff, who have to travel during the course of their working day, find their transport has no fuel.Another demonstrator, Terri Orchard, said: "We don't have a hope of tackling climate change if we don't find a way to start moving beyond oil."Oil companies are devastating local environments, trampling the rights of local communities, and pushing us over the edge to catastrophic climate change."We are here at the source of the problem, at the UK's busiest oil refinery, to stop the flow of oil to London."We're here to put a spanner in the works of the relentless flow of oil and to say no more. This place, this whole industry, must become a thing of the past."
Who will be responsible for the lack of ambulances, police, fire or other emergency services who cannot carry out their duties because of the lack of oil products? Not these folk of course because they were 'only making a point'. One 'point' to mention, how did most travel? By bicycle or did they walk? Answers on a stamp please.
Rather than disrupt the economy they would do more good joining this debate or reading this theory.