Environmental campaigners have boarded an oil rig thought to be operated by BP as the 27,000-tonne rig was being towed out to sea.
Activists are staging a protest on board as the rig was leaving Cromarty Firth, they are calling for BP to stop drilling for new oil wells and the campaigners said they are prepared to stay in the rig “for days.”
A Greenpeace activist from Scotland who is on board the rig said, “Warm words flow from BP on their commitment to tackling climate change, yet this rig and the 30m barrels it seeks to drill, are a sure a sign that BP are committed to business as usual, fuelling a climate emergency that threatens millions of lives and the future of the living world.
“We can’t let that happen, that’s why we’re here today.
“The government may be bent on draining the North Sea of every last drop of oil, but this clearly contradicts their climate commitments.
“The perverse idea we must maximise our oil and gas reserves cannot continue.
“That means the government must seriously reform the Oil & Gas Authority and instead invest heavily in the crucial work of helping oil communities like those in Scotland move from fossil fuels to the industries that will power our low carbon future.”