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 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:
In the wake of the car-crash fail that was the Backing Fracking “rally” next to Blackpool Football Club we thought that maybe this hilarious #socialmedaifail video
Should be added to this one
As far as we can tell...Read More »
Sometimes keeping up with the fracking debate can be dry and tedious. At other times though we are treated to entertainment which makes it all worth while.
Today at Blackpool Football Club the bitterness which seem to surround the place whilst the Oyston sagas rumble on gave way to pantomime as...Read More »
Over the last two days we have been looking at the links between the so-called North West Energy Task Force and Westbourne Communications. We started to look at this when one of the NWETF panellists, Lee Petts, told us that “panelists aren’t involved in the day-to-day mechanics” of running...Read More »
The North West Energy Task Force has been in the news over the last two days as allegations surfaced around suggestions that the list of supporters of fracking sent as signatories to a letter to LCC in January actually contained people who may not have consented to be...Read More »
STOP PRESS: And it’s back – but minus three “supporters” who are presumably not supporters and with one added.
The current version is therefore rather misleading as it now suggests that the list provided to LCC did not have these three names on it when rather clearly...Read More »
Tonight we were astounded to read this Press Release from Frack Free Lancashire in which it is alleged that the North West Energy Task Force has added a significant percentage of its “supporters” to a letter to Lancashire County Council without them even being aware of it, and...Read More »
DECC released the results of Wave 15 of their opinion tracker. Since Wave 8 (December 2013) they have been tracking public support or opposition to fracking.
Over those two years the situation has shifted radically as can be see from this graph:
Over these two year we have seen support decline...Read More »
As we read further down IGas’s page on Water Protection and Usage we were struck by yet another apparent misrepresentation of the truth.
yes, they actually state that:
There have also been more than one million wells drilled around the world, and in no case has there been a...Read More »
Glancing at IGas’s website we were struck by the interesting claim
The quantity of water required to frack an onshore shale gas well is broadly the same amount used to irrigate the typical British golf course each month. There are over 7,500 golf courses across the UK. This is...Read More »
Our local MP Mark Menzies (Con) has already told us that he will support fracking provided there are “robust regulations in place“, but until now he has pretty much sat on the fence.
Today, in a surprising...Read More »