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Activists stage ‘extended occupation’ on drilling rig in Dundee harbour

Image copyright Chris Lewis Image caption The activists said they want to prevent the rig from leaving the harbour Environmental activists have boarded a drilling rig in Dundee harbour as part of an “extended occupation.”Three activists from Extinction Rebellion Scotland climbed onto Valaris’s Ensco 122 from the River Tay on Monday.Operators Forth Ports said a…

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The activists said they want to prevent the rig from leaving the harbour

Environmental activists have boarded a drilling rig in Dundee harbour as part of an “extended occupation.”

Three activists from Extinction Rebellion Scotland climbed onto Valaris’s Ensco 122 from the River Tay on Monday.

Operators Forth Ports said a pilot boat has been deployed as a safety precaution.

Extinction Rebellion Scotland said the act was part of a series of “solidarity actions” over the next 10 days.

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Activists boarded the drilling rig from the River Tay

The jack-up rig is currently berthed at Princess Alexandra Wharf at the Port of Dundee.

A Valaris fleet status from October said the rig was due to begin a nine-month Shell contract for two wells this month.

Extinction Rebellion Scotland said its activists intend to stay on the rig “for as long as possible” to stop it leaving the harbour, and to halt the rig’s “extractive and destructive operations.”

The group said: “They have assessed the risks and are properly prepared.”

A Forth Ports spokesman said: “We have deployed one of our pilot boats at the scene and this will remain in attendance as a safety precaution should anyone require assistance.

“We are also liaising with the rig’s owners and with the relevant authorities.”

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