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:
One might expect the Chancellor of the Exchequer of all people to be aware of where tax comes from!
Here is how the government defines the potential Shale Gas Wealth fund in its consultation document:
So it is quite clear that it would be funded from “tax revenues” and will be “additional...Read More »
According to reports
Communities close to fracking projects to get another £1bn chancellor Philip Hammond announces in Autumn Statement
Of course this isn’t really “another” £1bn – It’s the same £1bn they were wafting about earlier in the year and which was also announced in last year’s Autumn Statement –...Read More »
On this site I have been critical of the stance adopted by our MP Mark Menzies on fracking. He has in my opinion, been far too ready to accept bland reassurances of gold standard and robust regulation, and his self-congratulation in getting UKOOG instead of the independent regulator he said...Read More »
One of the fracking PR machine’s oddest themes is that anyone who opposes fracking must be being paid by Vladimir Putin. Although this is pretty childish it is nevertheless a double pronged attack – firstly it suggests that the army of fracking protesters, who spend vast amounts of our own...Read More »
You might be forgiven for thinking that Ken Wilkinson would want to draw a veil over his embarrassing performance at the Harrogate debate, but no, his friend the Rambling Reverend has placed the entire text of Ken’s debate speech up on his vanity blog, and then publicised the fact on...Read More »
Today, the results of the latest YouGov poll on fracking were announced. Now we’ve never been keen on YouGov polls on any subject as they are not a truly random sample – instead participants sign up to a panel to earn points and rewards, which might explain at least...Read More »
So yesterday found me in Harrogate – a strange place to be for a Lancashire resident maybe, given that it turned out to be decision day on the LCC appeals, but to be honest I didn’t expect Sajid Javid to take the decision right down to the wire when I...Read More »
The ludicrous Backing Fracking is really plumbing new depths now.
Desperate to prove that property prices are not really suffering from the threat of fracking (they are) Backing Fracking has been stalking local residents, and when they came across a nugget of information that they thought could be used...Read More »
No not policemen – edits to Wikipedia.
There is a Wikipedia article on “Hydraulic fracking in the United Kingdom” which, until quite recently has served as a vehicle for our old friend, Ken Wilkinson, to push his views on fracking, and give himself something to quote from when his arguments...Read More »
As we wait to find out what decision the Planning Inspector recommended to determine Cuadrilla’s appeal on the Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood applications, and how it will be supported, or otherwise, by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, it has been interesting to...Read More »