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Pump Wars
Monday September 25 2000
Reporter Jane Corbin
Producer Andrew Bell
Assistant Producers Rachel Morgan & Nicole Kleeman




Jane Corbin answered your questions on the issues raised in Pump Wars in a live webcast. Click on the link below to watch coverage of the forum
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Panorama tells the story behind the fuel blockade which almost paralysed the country.

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Brynle Williams
Brynle Williams
Two weeks ago a convoy of Welsh farmers and truck drivers lead by Brynle Williams arrived in Cheshire. Their plan was simple - to blockade the Shell oil refinery at Ellesmere Port.

They did not realise the extent of the support they would get. The protests spread and petrol stocks began to run down at a breathtaking rate.

Clive Swan said "it just escalated, it was just like a bushfire once Brynle had lit the touch paper, it just spread."

Tony Pearce
Tony Pearce
Road Haulier Tony Pearce said "What drove us to it was the extortionate amount of tax that we're paying in the UK as road hauliers. We just can't go on paying the amount of taxes that the government is asking from us."

Jane Corbin asks how Britain was brought to the brink of shutdown and whether we will be going through the whole thing again in the run up to Christmas.

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BBC News - In Depth: Fuel Price Protests

Fuel Forum

OPEC

Dump the Pumps Campaign

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