Climate activists end protests at major oil refineries

Members of the environmental group This Is Rigged have been staging the protests since Wednesday morning.

Climate activists end protest at major oil refineries in Clydebank and Grangemouth, police confirm STV News

Activists who held climate protests at two major oil sites have stepped down, Police Scotland have said.

Members of the environmental group This Is Rigged gathered at the Nustar oil terminal in Clydebank and the Ineos oil refinery in Grangemouth from around 4am on Wednesday.

Demonstrators blocked gates, climbed pipes and sat on top of tankers.

Police Scotland said on Thursday that the protesters have since left both areas.

This Is Rigged previously said three activists were on top of the silo at the Clydebank terminal and claimed there was “no oil tanker activity since they arrived at around 4am [on Wednesday] morning”.

During the demonstrations in Grangemouth, 20 people were arrested over alleged public order offences and breach of the peace.

All will appear on undertakings at Falkirk Sheriff Court at a later date.

The activist group said their aim was to “shut down the Scottish oil industry”, as disruption forced the closure of the Ineos refinery for several hours.

An Ineos spokesman previously said that manufacturing at the site was not affected.

Nustar has been contacted for comment.

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