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 that’s what it felt like watching tonight’s effort by the BBC to address the government’s abject failure to create any meaningful and coherent energy policy. The government’s chief adviser appears totally unaware that shale gas is methane which can leak from wells causing climate change, and we saw the...Read More »
A lot of drivel is pumped out about seismicity.
We are continually being told by Academics like Prof. Mike Stephenson at the BGS that we are foolish to be concerned about seismicity because the tremors are too weak to do any damage. If questioned they tend to qualify the statement by...Read More »
A while back we published a critique of the Institute of Directors predictions that fracking would result in 74,000 jobs.
We argued that the basis of the calculations was childishly simplistic, and we asked how an MP like Dan Byles could put his name to supporting them....Read More »
We are always keen to recognise the stalwart efforts of the fracking industry’s supporters to keep us amused as we swim upstream against the tide of PR drivel.
We thought it would be appropriate to mark some of the more outstanding examples with a formal award.
So without further ado we announce...Read More »
Sometimes, as we read about the Coalition Government’s clumsy attempts to justify their failure to put together a coherent energy policy to carry us through the next decades we smile. Sometimes we despair. Today was one of those days.
In a feeble attempt to bite back at Ed Milliband’s headline grabbing...Read More »
It was YOU!
Yesterday Cuadrilla announced their decision to pull out of Anna’s Road and to restore the site (as far as is possible) to its greenfield state.
Francis Egan claims that the reason for the abandonment is “technical constraints related to wintering birds”. He stated that their planning permission only allowed...Read More »
My local County Councillor is Tim (20 mph) Ashton,
The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Lancashire County Council can be seen here crossing Lytham Square, whilst apparently contravening rule 64 of the “Highway Code Rules for Cyclists”...Read More »
Today the BBC put out a programme on Radio 4 – Inside Science – which claimed to get inside the science of fracking.
It was terrible. Sloppy journalism and bad science.
The list of badly reported programmes on fracking is long and ignoble – Iain Stewart’s Horizon programme springs to mind...Read More »
Last night it seems that Charlie Elphicke, Conservative MP for Dover, underwent something of a Damascene conversion.
Mr Elphicke made a bit of a Charlie of himself last week, when he was caught out getting rather mixed up about the differences between coal bed methane and underground coal gasification (AKA...Read More »