North Sea oil base blocked by Extinction Rebellion protesters

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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.

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.

The group is calling for an end to all fossil fuel extraction and for workers in the industry to be retrained in renewable energy.

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.’

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