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OIL PROTEST: 'I’m glad someone in this town is standing up for greener things, the planet is after all, dying'- Highland readers react as police confirm they are on site at Port of Cromarty Firth in Invergordon after XR protest blocks entrance to facility


By Louise Glen

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Extinction Rebellion (XR) Invergordon, Port of Cromarty Firth protest. Picture: Callum Mackay
Extinction Rebellion (XR) Invergordon, Port of Cromarty Firth protest. Picture: Callum Mackay

POLICE are in attendance at the Port of Cromarty Firth after dozens of protestors block road into port.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) set up a 4.2metre oil rig prop and four protestors are believed to be inside four barrels at the entrance to the port.

The group are calling for an end of fossil fuel extraction and support for a transition of skilled oil and gas workers into decommissioning and renewable industries, not new oil fields.

Other activists are holding banners nearby saying “Climate Emergency” and “No Future in Fossil Fuels”.

A police spokeswoman said: "Around 6.35am on Wednesday, 6 October, police were called to a report of a small group of protestors at the port of Cromarty Firth in Invergordon.

"Officers are in attendance.”

On the Ross-shire Journal Facebook page, readers are making their feelings known.

Garry Bates asked: "How did they all get to Invergordon? Cycle?"

Marcelle Ross replied: "More to the point, how did their rig get here to Invergordon, bet they never carried it?"

Another reader, Imelda shearer said: "Obviously they don't need to work."

Nikki Ward questioned those making comments, she said: "I mean, yeah they may have gone about it in the wrong way... but as far as getting their message across? It worked, you’re all talking.

"I’m glad someone in this town is standing up for greener things, the planet is after all, dying."

READ: WATCH: 4 people are locked into oil barrels to block access at Invergordon oil rig maintenance facility in the Highlands as XR say 'decommission now'


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