Extinction Rebellion blockades ExxonMobil terminal

Climate campaigners known as ‘Extinction Rebellion’ blocked a terminal entrance near to the largest oil refinery in the UK yesterday in protest at the Fawley expansion plans.

Activists dressed as Grim Reapers and erected 12-foot-high steel tripods before perching on them to block the entrance to ExxonMobil’s Hythe Terminal near Fawley Refinery in Hampshire.

A protestor dressed as an ‘ExxonMobil executive’ in a faceless mask pumped fake blood from an oil barrel, whilst others campaigners enacted a ‘die-in’ to the beat of a lone drum.

The protesters were demanding that the Government stop all fossil fuel investment with a large banner reading: “Ban all new fossil fuel investment”.

Refinery unaffected by climate protests

The Hythe terminal is used to store fuel for distribution, but the company explained that the Fawley Refinery was unaffected.

An ExxonMobil spokesperson said: “ExxonMobil respects the right of people to protest peacefully and to express their opinions. Our primary concern is for the safety of our staff and property, our neighbours and the protestors themselves.

“A small number of protesters are at the entrance to the site. We are working closely with the police to monitor the situation and minimise the inconvenience to our staff and our neighbouring communities and return to normal operations as soon as possible.”

“Please note that the protest is taking place outside our Hythe Terminal, which stores fuel for distribution. Our Fawley Refinery is not affected.”