Green MEP backs campaigners’ bid to crowdfund legal challenge to UKOG’s ‘draconian’ injunction

Local residents and campaigners from across South East England gathered outside the Annual General Meeting of the oil and gas company UKOG in London this morning (Tues 24th April) to call on the firm to withdraw a ‘draconian’ injunction which ‘undermines’ their fundamental human rights.

A highly visual but peaceful lobby group attended the AGM under the Weald Action Group umbrella. Its spokesperson Lorraine Inglis says the proposed court injunction is ‘draconian’ and ‘a waste of money.’ She added:

“There is already criminal law to deal with any activities considered to be unlawful. This injunction is a blatant attack on our human rights to protect our land, water and air.”

“We are extremely concerned about UKOG’s plans to drill hundreds of wells across the countryside in Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.  Local people don’t want this dirty industry spoiling peaceful rural areas.”

The action coincided with the launch of a crowdfunding campaign aimed at helping the local communities affected raise money to cover legal fees should UKOG continue to pursue the injunction.

Green MEP, Keith Taylor, is continuing to support campaigners. The senior Green Party politician said:

“I tip my hat to the dedicated campaigners and residents across the South East coming together to not only fight against the industrialisation of the Weald but also UKOG’s anti-democratic and draconian attempts to bludgeon their rights to do so.”

“Sadly, protecting our fundamental human rights in court is a costly endeavour; that’s why I am supporting campaigners’ crowdfunding bid to raise the support necessary to pursue their case. If you’re able to give, please do.”