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:
Apparently when it’s on a press release or it’s on a website!
Back in 2012 we raised a series of issues with the Advertising Standards Authority regarding a leaflet sent out to local residents by Cuadrilla. Several of our complaints were upheld in the ruling of 2013 including one...Read More »
The Daily Telegraph this morning published a letter sent by three government ministers to George Osborne, The Chancellor last July, apparently in response to a request for a “joint plan” from all of them for how to impose the fracking industry on an unwilling country.
The text of the letter is...Read More »
I have been amused over the last few weeks to read the increasingly ridiculous comments made by retired physics teacher from Westbury-On-Trim, Ken Wilkinson.
The most ludicrous statement he has made though was this one from yesterday.
Now there is clearly a respectable debate about fracking to be had, and the science...Read More »
We all know how the industry likes to claim that it will bring jobs to the local areas where it operates. We see precious little evidence to support this, so we were delighted to read that Public Health England are advertising in the BMJ for a “Consultant in Health...Read More »
One of the hot topics at the moment is the extent of support or opposition to shale gas development. It seems fairly inarguable that the trend exposed by the successive waves of research by DECC has shown a shift in public attitudes, with those opposed to fracking becoming...Read More »
At 4:30 this morning BBC’s Hard Talk featured Francis Egan being grilled by Stephen Sackur
The video must make uncomfortable viewing if you are a pro-fracker as Mr Egan stumbles through a not very convincing case under some testing questions...Read More »
One of our readers has contacted us with a guest post which is reproduced below. It makes very interesting reading:
There has been some condemnation recently of MP Kevin Hollinrake, who was a Vice Chair of the APPG on Unconventional Oil and Gas. He resigned when he was made aware that...Read More »
Yesterday Kevin Hollinrake resigned from the vice-chairmanship of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas claiming he had not previously been aware of any potential conflicts of interests in the way the group was funded.
If I were an MP I...Read More »
Yesterday in the debate on the Energy Bill few dared stand up for fracking, but one who did was South Suffolk Conservative MP James Cartlidge. He reasoned thus:
“The point is that some of the stuff we’re hearing coming out in the media warns of terrible things that could happen.
“I don’t...Read More »
We were struck recently by a page on the IGas PLC website which makes 2 highly misleading and exaggerated claims in the space of a couple of paragraphs.
It is interesting that the shale gas companies do not seem to observe the same standard of honesty to which they seem to...Read More »