Green MEP backs appeal as court hands oil firm UKOG restricted interim injunction covering South East sites
Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, has reacted to the High Court judgement on UK Oil and Gas's application for a wide-ranging injunction against protesters across oil drilling sites in the South East.
UKOG have claimed success in reaction to the decision, while defendants have claimed "partial success" in defeating some of the most draconian elements of the original injunction application and announced their intent to launch an appeal.
Responding to the reserved judgement handed down today which grants an interim restricted version injunction, the senior Green politician said:
"UKOG has no social licence for its operations and a history of not being upfront with the public nor its investors. They are scared protesters will expose their climate and environmentally-destructive operations to a wide audience. And, for that reason, they must be silenced. That was the driving motivation behind this injunction."
"The judge, however, recognised that protesters' human rights were engaged and struck down some of the oil firm's more draconian and anti-democratic efforts to curtail their freedom of speech and expression. That is thanks to the brave women from Surrey and Sussex who put their lives on hold to fight this bid every step of the way."
"However, that the court has given UKOG even a restricted interim injunction is depressing. It is just the latest example of the death of democracy by a thousand cuts to our fundamental rights. I pledge to support any appeal against the decision. In the meantime, we will not be giving up the fight for our planet, our environment and the integrity of our democracy."