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CLIMATE campaigners blockaded Scotland’s fuel supplies at Grangemouth today in their action against oil companies.
This is Rigged activists blocked gates at two oil terminals as well as climbing pipework and tankers — effectively blockading all Scottish petrol supplies — as they campaign to “shut down Scotland’s oil industry.”
At 4am today, 24 protesters began their action at Ineos Grangemouth. An hour later the plant, which supplies 70 per cent of Scotland’s supplies, was brought to a standstill.
On Scotland’s west coast, at Clydebank, the remainder of supplies were cut off when four campaigners occupied a fuel silo at the NuStar terminal.
After being banned from the Scottish Parliament for their protests earlier this year, today’s action renewed a demand that the SNP-Green Scottish government formulates a “clear and fully funded plan for a fair transition for Scotland’s oil workers.”
The group also highlighted that the SNP-Green administration is “yet to even oppose any of the 130 new proposed North Sea licences” and have demanded that they begin to “vocally oppose” any new licences in Scottish waters.
One activist, Emma Brown, 32, a community worker based in Glasgow, said: “We're not asking passively anymore — this is too important.
“We are demanding that the Scottish government stand up for what’s right and oppose all new oil and gas projects and use the devolved powers they have to retrain our workers.
“We want decent jobs on a liveable planet.
“We don’t consent to our resources being used to fuel the fires burning around the world right now and in our own country last month.”
Another activist, Frances Moore, 61, from South Queensferry said: “I am furious that the powers that be are willing to sacrifice our Earth in exchange for their greed and monetary gain.
“They’ll be dead soonish anyway and won’t be able to take their filthy money with them — leaving behind a burnt out and uninhabitable planet.”
An Ineos spokesperson said: “We are continuing to monitor the protest activity at the terminal and we are liaising with Police Scotland, prioritising the safety of all those involved.
“Our manufacturing operations remain unaffected and to prioritise the safety of all involved we have temporarily closed the terminal to all traffic.”
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