How many wells?

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Fracking Employment

From the Financial Times 16 October 2103

AMEC forecast just 15,900 to 24,300 nationwide - direct & indirect

Jobs would typically be short term, at between four and nine years

Only 17% of jobs so far have gone to local people

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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 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:

Andrea Leadsom - An energy minister for our times?

Maybe it is unreasonable to expect an MP, possibly promoted above their real ability to ministerial rank, to be a master of all of the nuances of their new brief.

However, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to expect an Energy Minister to know whether UK energy demand is increasing or has fallen...Read More »

The Carbon Capture and Sequestration Mirage

CCS (Carbon Capture and Sequestration) has been hailed as a sort of silver bullet by those who want us to accept UK shale gas as a bridge fuel to a future based on renewable fuels. Without it it is clear that if we are to meet our climate change obligations...Read More »

Will we ever be able to have an intelligent debate?

I have spent some time over on a Facebook page apparently run by an anonymous group who describe themselves “as a group of UK residents that are backing fracking to create jobs in areas where they are needed most”

Leaving aside the credibility issues they have by insisting on remaining anonymous,...Read More »

So you think there is no urgency eh?

Well think again!

Here is a timeline from Egdon Resources that shows that they hope to persuade investors that 2016 will be the year when fracking is let loose on the UK

Now there IS a reason behind this optimism – according to the presentation it is taken from...Read More »

A Damascene conversion for Lord Browne of Madingley?

This morning on Radio 4’s  “Today” programme we were treated to a rare pleasure. I would really like to say that is was listening to some sort of Damascene conversion on the part of the interviewee, but it was more like listening to the soundtrack of a rat, sitting on...Read More »

Keeping the astroturf nicely mown

When they set up the astroturfing groups on Facebook they do like to claim that they welcome comment from all sides, but clearly some of them don’t really want comment from people who are prepared to counter their propaganda.

I was hugely amused when “Blackpool Fracking For a Better Future”  blocked...Read More »

Would YOU use the plight of the Syrian Refugees as a joke? Ken Wilkinson did.

The internet has been loaded with images of dead children on beaches and many of us are questioning our own country’s response (or lack of it) to this crisis. Nearly a quarter of a million people have signed the Independent’s petition saying that “Britain must accept its fair...Read More »

The National Fracking Gallery – Mr & Mrs Andrews and their well

It seems that a fracking company persuaded Mr & Mrs Andrews to lease some of their estate for fracking. Sadly it seems the  business entity which owned the well went bust (although their parent company carries merrily on). Mr and Mrs Andrews are left with the expense of remediation of...Read More »

The National Fracking Gallery – Hunters in the Snow (+ fracking well)

Bruegel’s Hunters in the snow is a painting that offers us the light and shade of human existence . We thought that as the human existence on the Fylde soon won’t be complete without a fracking well we should add one.


If you...Read More »

The National Fracking Gallery – La Gioconda (and a fracking well)

The Mona Lisa’s enigmatic half smile has long been a subject of conjecture, but now at last we know that she looked to sad and wistful because they had ruined the countryside outside her window in PEDL 165 by siting enough pads to extract 12 TCF of gas. Yes that...Read More »

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Fracking Digest

Fracking Digest
Fracking Digest is a "must read" resource for those wanting to keep up to date on the issues.


Looking for misinformation, scaremongering, lies or stupidity?

It's all on this website (but only on this one post ) featuring the Reverend Mike Roberts.

(Oops - there's more! )

Here though is our favourite Reverend Roberts quote of all time - published in the Lancashire Evening Post on 5th August 2015

"If you dare oppose fracking you will get nastiness and harassment whether on social media, or face-to-face"

Fracking here’s a bad idea!

Who's fault?

"What you have to be able to do when you decide you want to hydraulic fracture is make sure there are no faults in the area. That's really very very important"

Professor Mike Stephenson - Director of Science and Technology - British Geological Survey

Fracking the UK

Fracking The UK

If you only read one book on fracking this year make it this one!

"Untrustworthy, unbalanced and potentially brain washing." - Amazon Review - Yes the industry hates this book that much :-)

Available as a free download from the Defend Lytham web site Click here to download

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