Fracking Employment

From the Financial Times 16 October 2103

AMEC forecast just 15,900 to 24,300 nationwide - direct & indirect

Jobs would typically be short term, at between four and nine years

Only 17% of jobs so far have gone to local people

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Engineering is the art of modelling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyse so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance. — Dr AR Dykes British Institution of Structural Engineers, 1976.

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Welcome to the Refracktion website

This site has been set up to provide clear, focused and useful information on the subject of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for gas on the Fylde Coast.

This web site will support individuals and groups who want to make a real impact on decision makers in political and regulatory positions.

As well as providing thought-provoking material of our own, we will aggregate whatever information is made available by local groups.

(If you would like us to include material from your group, please contact us using the link on the left.)

We will also provide information and links to enable you to take action easily. Whether it is writing to your MP or signing a petition.

Whether you are coming to this issue for the first time, or you are already well informed but are keeping up with the developing story of fracking on the Fylde you will find stimulating and challenging material on this site.

What is the current position of on the issue of fracking? Well, we are not convinced by the benefits case being peddled by Cuadrilla and we are very seriously concerned that the regulatory framework is currently inadequate.

We believe that:

  • fracking would have inevitable negative impacts on our local environment and its amenity value
  • under no circumstances should fracking be allowed to go ahead without proper regulation
  • proper regulation cannot be framed before rigourous science-based studies of environmental, human health and economic impacts have been completed.
  • these studies have not been completed in any meaningful way
  • as a result fracking must not be allowed to go ahead in the current circumstances.

Our most recent articles:

The Descent - A Cautionary Short Story About Fracking

All characters appearing in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead, or awaiting judgement in heaven, is purely coincidental.

ather Jack Fracket surveyed the wintry scene from a distance. He checked his  Timex “Celestial TimeMaster” watch – it was 2:30 pm on January 16th...Read More »

A hilarious lesson in why you should pick your advocates carefully

Pants on fire

On Thursday 22nd January Lancashire County Council announced that it’s officers had recommended rejection of Cuadrilla’s 2 applications for development wells in Roseacre and Preston New Road. Local media went into something of a frenzy getting reactions from Cuadrilla and from the various...Read More »

Cuadrilla granted permits by the EA

So we learned today that Cuadrilla have been granted their environmental permit which was need to allow them to extract shale gas at their proposed site at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton (For the exploratory well – not production). We knew back in November that the EA were minded to...Read More »

Calling Planet Lawson

Hello? Is there anybody there? What’s it like in your parallel universe Nigel?

We read in Hansard that arch climate shale denier and shale gas supporter Lord Lawson of Blaby said

“We have now had a reply from DECC, which is the most complacent reply I have ever seen from any government...Read More »

An unwelcome gift

A while back a friend gave me what another friend, Tina, subsequently described as  an unwelcome gift – an invitation to a meeting about something called fracking.

Fracking is a way of extracting gas from the earth using methods which have some very detrimental effects on the environment and on the...Read More »

Lord Howell's return to the desolate North

Well, desolate and derelict actually

Alan Tootill has summed up what has actually been said by Lord Howell below and, beneath the hype it is quite interesting and revealing. The atmosphere at Mr Osborne’s next family gathering may be a trifle frosty.

On consideration,...Read More »

Ken Cronin doth protest too much methinks

The BBC reported this week that Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, had made the perfectly reasonable point that shale gas exploration firms should pay a levy towards the cost of policing anti-fracking protests, because they stand to make “huge sums of money” out...Read More »

750 well pads predicted for the Fylde

Cuadrilla yesterday upped the hype level yet again. Speaking at the Shale UK conference in London, winsome (but sometimes extremely grumpy) young Cuadrilla geologist Huw Clarke told the audience that PEDL 165 may contain 330 TCF of gas. That’s a 50% increase on previous estimates, and all that increase was...Read More »

The IPCC 5th Assessment Report Made Digestible

When we look at the many dimensions of the fracking argument one of the most important is the question of climate change.

The recent The IPCC 5th Assessment Report ran to over 2,000 pages long but you can see the key points distilled into haiku format in this 2 1/2 minute...Read More »

Numbers are pesky things ....

Sometimes politicians seem to be unable to forget figures which make them feel comfortable, even when more recent numbers contradict them, so yesterday we saw Mr Cameron trotting out his favourite 74,000 jobs from fracking rubbish? “Rubbish?” I hear you ask … Well, we demolished this...Read More »

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Fracking here’s a bad idea!

Who's fault?

"What you have to be able to do when you decide you want to hydraulic fracture is make sure there are no faults in the area. That's really very very important"

Professor Mike Stephenson - Director of Science and Technology - British Geological Survey

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Fracking The UK

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"Untrustworthy, unbalanced and potentially brain washing." - Amazon Review - Yes the industry hates this book that much :-)

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