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:
Well the pro-frackers are treating us to a succession of “car-crash” interviews of late aren’t they?
Today LCC Development Control Committee voted to allow Cuadrilla’s request to defer their consideration of their applications to consider new information on noise and traffic impacts.
The decision made by the DCC was clearly a direct result of being told that they had no alternative legally, although several councillors let it...Read More »
So what happened yesterday?
Well first of all we were treated to a report from the Commons Environmental Audit Committee. This hard-hitting report was hugely critical of fracking. It made it abundantly clear that fracking was incompatible with the UK’s obligations towards climate change mitigation....Read More »
On Monday morning (26th January 2015) the Environmental Audit Committee published its report into the “Environmental Risks of Fracking”
It came out with 19 hard hitting conclusions and recommendations which are reproduced in full below.
Being published on the day that MPs debated the Infrastructure...Read More »
All characters appearing in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead, or awaiting judgement in heaven, is purely coincidental.
ather Jack Fracket surveyed the wintry scene from a distance. He checked his Timex “Celestial TimeMaster” watch – it was 2:30 pm on January 16th...Read More »
On Thursday 22nd January Lancashire County Council announced that it’s officers had recommended rejection of Cuadrilla’s 2 applications for development wells in Roseacre and Preston New Road. Local media went into something of a frenzy getting reactions from Cuadrilla and from the various...Read More »
So we learned today that Cuadrilla have been granted their environmental permit which was need to allow them to extract shale gas at their proposed site at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton (For the exploratory well – not production). We knew back in November that the EA were minded to...Read More »
Hello? Is there anybody there? What’s it like in your parallel universe Nigel?
We read in Hansard that arch climate shale denier and shale gas supporter Lord Lawson of Blaby said
“We have now had a reply from DECC, which is the most complacent reply I have ever seen from any government...Read More »
A while back a friend gave me what another friend, Tina, subsequently described as an unwelcome gift – an invitation to a meeting about something called fracking.
Fracking is a way of extracting gas from the earth using methods which have some very detrimental effects on the environment and on the...Read More »
Well, desolate and derelict actually
Alan Tootill has summed up what has actually been said by Lord Howell below and, beneath the hype it is quite interesting and revealing. The atmosphere at Mr Osborne’s next family gathering may be a trifle frosty.
On consideration,...Read More »