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Climate Groups Blockade U.K. Oil Terminals Over Fossil Fuel Push

Activists from Just Stop Oil block the route of a tanker as they blockade the ESSO Birmingham Fuel Terminal, Birmingham, on April 1.

Activists from Just Stop Oil block the route of a tanker as they blockade the ESSO Birmingham Fuel Terminal, Birmingham, on April 1.

Photographer: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Environmental groups blocked oil terminals owned by BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Esso U.K. Ltd., in protest over British government policies to extract more fossil fuels.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he wants to encourage more drilling in the North Sea to boost domestic oil and natural gas output as the U.K. seeks to bolster energy security following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Extinction Rebellion has blocked three oil facilities, saying it’s aligned with the International Energy Agency, which has said there should be no new investments in oil, gas and coal to tackle the climate crisis.