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Climate Change Activists Blockade Major Gas Terminal

Norfolk Earth First! | 01.04.2008 07:47 | Climate Chaos | Ecology | Cambridge | London

Earth First! UK activists today blockaded the UK's largest off shore gas terminal at Bacton in Norfolk. 40% of the UK's domestic gas comes ashore here, is processed and distributed by pipeline. Activists blockaded the main road outside the site at 6.30 am this morning, preventing construction workers and shift owrkers from arriving.

Environmental activists have today disrupted work at a major North Sea gas installation as part of the Fossil Fools Day international day of action on climate change.

At 6.30am, around 25 activists from Earth First! UK peacefully blockaded the North Sea gas installation at Bacton on the North Norfolk Coast. The Bacton installation, operated primarily by petroleum giants Royal Dutch Shell & ExxonMobil, includes a gas-fired power station, processing plant and distribution point for domestic gas. Shell estimates that over one third of domestic UK gas comes ashore at Bacton.

The protest is also in solidarity with protestors at Rossport in Ireland, who have been trying to prevent a similar installation being built in their community.

Catherine Lewis, one of the activists at the Bacton blockade, said: “The fossil fuel industry is the single biggest driver of climate change, and gas is no exception. Switching from one fossil fuel to another is not a solution to climate change – the only real solution is to keep fossil fuels in the ground.”

Banners proclaiming "Shrink of Sink" were stretched across the road, giving the message that we need to shrink our economy and consumption to cut carbon emmissions.

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Incorrect Facts

01.04.2008 09:06

Please dont expect people to take this thing seriously if you get the facts completely wrong.
ExxonMobil have not operated at Bacton for quite a while now and there is no gas fired power station at Bacton. I should now I work there!

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Lovely job!

01.04.2008 10:04

well done all. sorry to have missed it...


Erm - what?

01.04.2008 10:41

Dan - if there's no power station at Bacton, then what's this?

What an odd comment. I'm sure the activists would have noticed if the power station had disappeared.


Try looking

01.04.2008 11:57

Don't you think activists go and look at these places before the action!
Of course we do


who knows what?

01.04.2008 12:00

If there is not a power station there, then perhaps they should take down the sign that says there is a gas power station. If ExxonMobile are no longer involved, then perhaps they should take themselves off the Bacton website. If the people working there don't know what is happening and the companies themselves aren't sure, then it is all a bit worrying...........H

Helen B

April Fools Day

01.04.2008 15:02

Briliant, well done all, well done EF uk takeing action throughout the country on April fools day....and hey Dan like your employers its about time you WAKE UP!



01.04.2008 21:05

"there is no gas fired power station at Bacton. I should now I work there!

- where do you work? at the Gas fired power station?

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Sincere Thank You

19.04.2010 14:22

When Pat O'Donnell's family, friends and supporters heard news of your action this morning it made a great start to the week for everyone!

This is just to send sincere thanks for what you've done and continue to do.

Look forward to meeting those involved asap.

The good guys and gals have to win sometime.

Together we can make this the time ...

Maura Harrington
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