Pipeline protestors target Hiscox and Travelers

Protestors opposed to the proposed East African Crude Oil pipeline have targeted the offices in 7 locations across the UK of Hiscox and Travelers.

The campaigners from #StopEACOP graffitied the offices with a stencil saying ‘Don’t Insure EACOP’. Offices in Leeds, York, Redhill, Manchester, Glasgow, Colchester, and Birmingham, were targeted over their refusal to rule out insuring the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline.

Jane West from Money Rebellion said: “Two weeks ago, we told insurers still thinking of underwriting EACOP that we weren’t asking nicely any more. Since then people across the UK have stepped up to join and take the fight to Lloyd’s of London insurers across the UK. With climate breakdown on the news every day, insurers need to take action now. If nothing changes, we will be back. ”

This action follow’s similar protests two weeks ago at the London offices of Chubb, Travelers Syndicate Management Limited, Lancashire Syndicates Limited, Chaucer Syndicates, Talbot Underwriting, Liberty Managing Agency, Hiscox Syndicates and Tokio Marine Kiln Syndicates.

#StopEACOP claims that, due to public pressure, 25 major banks and 23 major (re)insurers have so far ruled out support for the pipeline. 

The controversial EACOP project is led by French oil major TotalEnergies.

According to the campaigners, local communities and activists have also raised concerns about the project’s potential impact on the environment and the well-being of those who live in the pipeline’s path, “not forgetting that the EACOP could trigger a dangerous spike in carbon emissions”.