Welcome to the Refracktion website
I set this site 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 my own, I will aggregate whatever information is made available by local groups.
(If you would like me to include material from your group, please contact me using the link on the left.)
I 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 www.refracktion.com on the issue of fracking? Well, Refracktion is not convinced by the benefits case being peddled by Cuadrilla and is very seriously concerned that the regulatory framework is currently inadequate.
Refracktion believes that:
- fracking would have inevitable negative impacts on our local environment and its amenity value
- fracking would have inevitable negative impacts on our local tourism and agricultural industries
- fracking is incompatible with the UK’s obligations for climate change mitigation
Under no circumstances should fracking be allowed to go ahead without proper regulation
- proper regulation cannot be framed before rigorous 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.
Refracktion’s most recent articles:
It seems that the Backing Fracking bandwagon is running out of steam in spite of the massive PR effort from the government and the fracking companies.
DECC’s public attitude tracker has now reached Wave 17.
Results from polling in March show that more people were opposed (31%) to fracking...Read More »
Unless I am misunderstanding something it seems that China still has its eyes firmly on UK shale assets.
This was made clear as long ago as 2011 in an article in the Guardian
This week it seems they nibbled a bit more off AJ Lucas (and by extension the...Read More »
Today whoever runs the industry mouthpiece at BackingFracking, became overwrought – maybe he had been watching the webcast of the closing submissions by PNR and FoE which comprehensively demolished Cuadrilla’s grounds for appeal, or maybe he’s listened to Babs Murphy and her unconvincing submissions for too long – I know...Read More »
So now we’ve seen the list of speakers at the Inquiry this week. On Tuesday evening we have 7 people who are going to speak in favour of fracking and 30 speaking against. On Thursday we will see 3 speaking in favour and 69 speaking against it.
The list for Tuesday...Read More »
At the public session of the inquiry I gave a presentation to the Inspector on what the industry’s own figures might suggest as a reasonable estimate for the number of jobs that fracking might create in the UK – direct, indirect and induced (or in layman’s terms, within the fracking...Read More »
So – whilst one part of the government is intent on pushing fracking onto an unwilling population on the Fylde, another part – this time the NHS – is trying to turn Westby (home of the proposed Preston New Road fracking site) into a “healthy new town”. The new housing...Read More »
One of Backing Fracking’s most vocal supporters is Lorraine Allanson who runs a bed and breakfast and holiday cottage complex near Pickering. She also runs a pro-fracking Facebook group and website under the name FORGE on which she bans anyone who expresses any opinion contrary to her own.
And this evening (11 Feb) we have the following statement from Cuadrilla
Statement from Cuadrilla regarding the Webcasting
“At approximately 2.30pm on 10 February 2016 the website (www.cuadrillaplanninginquiry.co.uk) where the webcasting is hosted for the planning inquiry was not available for viewers. The issue was found to be with the Internet Service...Read More »
When the video feed at BFC fails!
Yesterday I was attempting to listen to the lacklustre performance of Mark Smith from ARUP at about 2:10 when the live feed went down.
The inspector was informed that this was due to a cyber attack and announced this to the inquiry. Very dramatic –...Read More »
This from yesterday’s Hansard, on the day on which the enquiry, which will be decided by Greg Clark, Minister for Communities and Local Government, started.
Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton Labour
My Lords, I declare an interest as a Lancashire resident. Will the Minister care to take away and reflect on the fact...Read More »