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 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 »
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 »
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.
In this debate Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton proposed a buffer zone...Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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
Still at least we might get a free special-combo pizza and some fizzy pop with...Read More »
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 »
Prospectors and protesters await crucial UK fracking decision
So runs the headline in today’s Financial Times above an article which begins
Britain’s leading shale gas explorer Cuadrilla has cited rural Pennsylvania in the US, home to America’s “fracking” revolution, as a model for Lancashire where it hopes within days to win the...Read More »
In the run up to the LCC decision on Cuadrilla’s development wells next week the fracking industry PR machine has been spewing out stories based on what looks like totally fictitious grass-roots support
Yesterday it was the turn of a handful of local farmers to bang the drum and the press...Read More »