Invergordon Service Base: Cromarty Firth oil facility blocked by Extinction Rebellion militants

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Climate change campaigners have used an oil rig prop to block the entrance to an oil rig maintenance facility on the Cromarty Firth.

Members of Extinction Rebellion Scotland began their protest at the Cromarty Firth Port Authority’s Invergordon Service Base installation at 6.50am on Wednesday.

They placed a 13ft 8in (4.2m) oil rig made from scrap materials with a banner saying ‘Decommission me now’ in the road, and four people locked themselves in to support barrels oil on the road to block traffic.

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Activists also unfurled a banner reading ‘Climate Emergency’ across the road, while some held signs reading ‘No Future in Fossil Fuels’.

The group started their action just before 7am on Wednesday (Extinction Rebellion Scotland/PA)

The group calls for an end to fossil fuel extraction and wants to see support for a transition of skilled oil and gas workers to decommissioning and renewable industries, not new oilfields.

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John Lardner, 69, Extinction Rebellion (XR) Scotland campaigner and retired history teacher, said: “The Chatham House report indicates that even if the Paris Agreement carbon emissions were met, we have almost no chance of staying below pre-industrial levels of warming. We must act now.

“Our carbon budget is empty. We do not have the choice.

A Cromarty Firth Port Authority spokesperson said: ‘Cromarty Firth Port can confirm that the environmental group, Extinction Rebellion Scotland, are currently at the entrance to the Invergordon service base and are taking part in a protest action.

“That’s the business of Police Scotland, who are currently on hand to deal with the activity.

“The port’s priority is the health and safety of everyone at our facilities, including our staff, port users, local community and protester representatives.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “At approximately 6.35am on Wednesday October 6, police were called to report a small group of protesters at Cromarty Firth Harbor in Invergordon.

“The officers are present.”

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