Extinction Rebellion activists are blockading a North Sea oil industry site in Scotland.
Protesters are blocking the main entrance to Invergordon Service Base of the Cromarty Firth Port Authority.
It’s the latest direct action from the group in the run up to the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, an event which is expected to draw huge environmental protests.
They have placed a 13ft oil rig made from scrap materials with a banner saying ‘Decommission Me Now’ on the road, and four people locked themselves on to prop oil barrels on the route to block traffic.
They hung banners reading ‘Climate Emergency’ across the road shortly before 7am this morning.
The site is used as a base for the maintenance of offshore oil rigs.
Extinction Rebellion is calling for an end to all fossil fuel extraction and for workers in the industry to be retrained in renewable energy.
Protesters are blocking the entrance to a site which is used as a base for oil rig maintenance workers (Picture: PA)
John Lardner, 69, a retired history teacher, said: ‘The Chatham House report says that even if the Paris Agreement carbon emissions were achieved, we have almost no chance of staying below pre-industrial levels of warming. We have to act now.
‘Our carbon budget is empty. We have no option.’
A Cromarty Firth Port Authority spokesperson said: ‘The Port of Cromarty Firth can confirm that the environmental group, Extinction Rebellion Scotland, are currently at the Invergordon Service Base entrance and participating in protest action.
‘This is a matter for Police Scotland, who are currently on site managing the activity.
‘The Port’s priority is for the health and safety of all individuals at our facilities, including our staff, port users, the local community and the protester representatives.’
The oil rig in the middle of the road is preventing vehicles from coming and going (Picture: Extinction Rebellion)
It’s the latest action by the group after protesters attempted to shut down Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, which sees thousands of private planes use its runway every year.
One of the gates was blocked with a stretch limousine that had someone locked to the wheel and another person glued to the roof.
Extinction Rebellion offshoot group Insulate Britain has apologised for the disruption they’ve caused after four weeks of sit-in protests on British motorways.
More than 100 activists have been handed court orders and the group came under intense criticism after a prominent campaigner said he wouldn’t move for an ambulance even in a life and death situation.
Another Insulate Britain activist refused to condemn the comments but Extinction Rebellion distanced itself, saying it had a firm policy of not disrupting emergency services.
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