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Take the advice of Greg Clark, ex-Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government

Greg Clark

"Those who are prepared to organise to be more effective and more efficient should be able to reap substantially the rewards of that boldness ...

Take power now. Don’t let yourself, any longer, be ruled by someone else"

How many wells?

Click the image from more information on Cuadrilla's plans for PEDL 165

Fracking Employment

From the Financial Times 16 October 2013

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


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! )

Here though is our favourite Reverend Roberts quote of all time - published in the Lancashire Evening Post on 5th August 2015

"If you dare oppose fracking you will get nastiness and harassment whether on social media, or face-to-face"

Yes you!

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr Seuss

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England is not for sale!


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Tell Cuadrilla and the Government that your house is "Not for Shale"


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Japanese Proverb quoted by Jessica Ernst

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Focusing on the issues

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 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:

Accounting for dummies (or Lancashire for Shale)

It was with absolute incredulity that we read the latest effluent from industry front group Lancashire For Shale, claiming that

“Campaigners protesting against Cuadrilla’s shale gas exploration works have today forced the closure of the A583 for the second time this week, at a potential cost to the economy...Read More »

UKOOG mislead on fracking impact

UKOOG issued a new report on Fracking on 10th January 2017, with a press release claiming “UKOOG publishes study showing limited impact of shale gas development on countryside”

With no sense of irony,  they gave the report the title “DEVELOPING SHALE GAS AND MAINTAINING THE BEAUTY OF THE BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE”

They do...Read More »

A game of two pitches

You may have read about our concerns about the misleading statements being churned out by Cuadrilla of late and our frustrated attempts to extract meaningful answers from Lexington Communications who front up Cuadrilla’s “Community Information Line”.

Well, it seems that they were finally able to provide an answer...Read More »

I don't want to talk about it...

Continuing on from our post “There are more questions than answers” we have now had a response to the questions we asked the staff at Lexington Communications who man the “Cuadrilla Information line”.

Readers may recall that we...Read More »

Still no answers - we'll keep trying ...

Having had no response from the Cuadrilla Information Line for 5 days we tried again this evening and got Joel’s colleague at PR Company, Lexington Communications – a bright lady called Charlotte who didn’t give her surname. (To be fair I didn’t ask for it).

Apparently I may have to wait for...Read More »

There are more questions than answers...

…and the more I find out the less I know”


So being interested to get to the bottom of  a few Cuadrilla communication issues which has arisen I called the Community Information line on Friday last week. Here’s how it...Read More »

Moving the posts before the game starts

We know how keen Cuadrilla are to use rubgy pitches as a comparison so it seems appropriate to use them as a metaphor here. The posts do seem to be moving before the referee has even allowed the game to start.

As far as we are aware the planning...Read More »

What the ruck?

So Cuadrilla have started work at Preston New Road and have written to local councillors to let them know. (It seems local residents have not yet been informed)

They include a reassuring statement about the size of the site.

I am writing to let...Read More »

So who exactly is Backing Fracking – unmasking the astro-turfers redux

It is hard to know how to react to the industry front group astroturfers, Backing Fracking, sometimes.

As we have seen previously the group’s claims to represent ordinary members of the community rather than business interests are risible to say the least. Previously though the main individual posting seemed...Read More »

Nowells Nowells

Wishing our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Frack Free New Year – we have updated our favourite carol to reflect this year’s events

The First Nowell

The First “No Well”, the Angels did say
Was to certain poor frackers in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay...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

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

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