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 www.refracktion.com 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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
I own and run two businesses in Lancashire. My CV and life history mean I would probably be expected to be a staunch Conservative. As it happens I am not, because I cannot reconcile modern, feral, Conservatism with my own beliefs about fairness and opportunity. However, I do have the...Read More »
The AMEC SEA report was released this week.
It’s 174 pages long, and based on a story which is totally inconsistent with everything that the government and the IoD were trying to sell to us earlier in the year.
It is so far away from the fantasies that were being peddled back then...Read More »
Well that’s what it felt like watching tonight’s effort by the BBC to address the government’s abject failure to create any meaningful and coherent energy policy. The government’s chief adviser appears totally unaware that shale gas is methane which can leak from wells causing climate change, and we saw the...Read More »
A lot of drivel is pumped out about seismicity.
We are continually being told by Academics like Prof. Mike Stephenson at the BGS that we are foolish to be concerned about seismicity because the tremors are too weak to do any damage. If questioned they tend to qualify the statement by...Read More »
A while back we published a critique of the Institute of Directors predictions that fracking would result in 74,000 jobs.
We argued that the basis of the calculations was childishly simplistic, and we asked how an MP like Dan Byles could put his name to supporting them....Read More »
We are always keen to recognise the stalwart efforts of the fracking industry’s supporters to keep us amused as we swim upstream against the tide of PR drivel.
We thought it would be appropriate to mark some of the more outstanding examples with a formal award.
So without further ado we announce...Read More »