How many wells?

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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

Yes you!

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Fracking Quotes

They can claim all the technically recoverable shale gas that they like, that’s not one molecule of methane above the ground. There’s a lot of barriers to extracting shale gas. — Professor Paul Stevens, Chatham House

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Focusing on the issues

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:

Preston New Road Community Group Slams New Task Force Report



Preston New Road Community Group

Slams New Task Force Report

Preston New Road Community Group has described the newly-published report by the Task Force on Shale Gas – Assessing the...Read More »

Chair of DEFRA Panel confirms accuracy of Rural Impacts study?

A recent article in the Solicitors’ Journal entitled “Fracking: What you need to consider” discusses issues which need to be considered by conveyancing solicitors in areas where fracking may take place.

[The article can only be accessed in full by registered users but you can sign up for...Read More »

So what did the government NOT want you know about the impacts of fracking?

The Report on The Shale Gas Rural Economy impacts was published in heavily redacted form, generating a storm of protest in March 2014. Over a year later, and coincidentally just after the LCC decisions on Cuadrilla’s two development site applications, on July 1st 2015, the full report was...Read More »

Those DEFRA Redactions exposed


Last night DEFRA released the previously redacted report on the impacts of fracking on the rural economy.

Whilst much of the report tells us nothing we didn’t already know, what is fascinating is the extent to which the redaction illustrate the Government’s desperation to...Read More »

Is fracking in PEDL 165 about to be hobbled?

Hot on the heels of the LCC decision to refuse Cuadrilla’s planning applications for Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road we saw a Westminster Hall debate on fracking.

Fracking decision LCC

In this debate Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton proposed a buffer zone...Read More »

Cut and Run Sir?

A couple of days ago I posted regarding the astroturfing efforts of the industry-funded front group the North West Energy Task Force.

I was particularly interested by the claim made by local farmer, John Loftus who said:

Based on the jobs it has already created around my farm, shale gas will certainly...Read More »

Poor Yosser!

Yesterday signs began appearing in Elswick much to the delight of our old friend the Reverend Roberts. He does always seem to be the first to know when local anti-fracking signs are damaged or the occasional pro-fracking signs go up doesn’t he. Hmmm – now why could that be?

Anyway...Read More »

Make or Break Day - Last chance to tell LCC what you think!

The Sunday Times today tells us

BRITAIN’S shale gas industry faces a day of reckoning tomorrow when planners decide whether to allow fracking in Lancashire.

The verdict from the county council’s planning chief will have far-reaching consequences for shale gas, which has transformed America’s economy, but has...Read More »

Pennsylvania Nein Danke! (Part 2)

Just to underline the unfortunate nature of Mr Egan’s stated desire make us here in the Fylde just like Pennsylvania, here is an article from today’s Daily Mail

Fracking Explosion

Still at least we might get a free special-combo pizza and some fizzy pop with...Read More »

Doctor and the Medacts - Public meeting

On June 24, Lancashire County Council will decide whether to allow fracking in the county.
Fracking has been banned in New York State due to the “significant public health risks”. It is also suspended in Scotland and Wales due to the high risks.
Medact have organised a public meeting. Go...Read More »

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Fracking Digest

Fracking Digest
Fracking Digest is a "must read" resource for those wanting to keep up to date on the issues.


Looking for misinformation, scaremongering, lies or stupidity? It's all on this website (but only on this one post ) featuring the Reverend Mike Roberts. (Oops - there's more! )

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

Fracking the UK

Fracking The UK

If you only read one book on fracking this year make it this one!

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

Available as a free download from the Defend Lytham web site Click here to download

Fracking in the Media

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