Climate activists block Invergordon rig maintenance facility

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Activists from Extinction Rebellion Scotland blocked the main entrance to an oil rig maintenance facility at Cromarty Firth Port’s Invergordon base.

The protests began at 6.50am local time with a group of activists placing a large 4.2m high oil rig made of scrap materials with a banner saying “Put me out of commission now”. Four are locked to propeller oil drums in the road, preventing access to traffic.

John Lardner, 69, XR Scotland campaigner and retired history teacher, said: “The Chapham House report indicates that even if the Paris Agreement carbon emissions were met, we have almost no chance of staying below pre-industrial warming levels. We must act now. Our carbon budget is empty. We do not have the choice.

The group calls for an end to fossil fuel extraction and support for a transition of skilled oil and gas workers to decommissioning and renewable industries, not new oilfields. Other activists hold banners nearby saying ‘Climate emergency’ and ‘No future in fossil fuels’.

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