Welcome to the Refracktion website
I set this site 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:
Today’s Times front page carries an article about a draft ruling made by the ASA on 5 complaints made about a Friends of the Earth Leaflet by fracktastic tag team of The Reverend Roberts and the now discredited Ken Wilkinson.
Interestingly according to ASA procedures, all draft rulings must remain...Read More »
One of the key questions that needs to be answered if fracking were to be given the go ahead relates to the water treatment facilities in the UK capable of processing waste water from shale gas extraction.
A question was put to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural...Read More »
It is interesting that the fracking industry and its supporters like to pretend that they want to engage with people and have a proper debate about the issues. Sadly it seems that that is very seldom the case.
We know all about the recent Lorraine and Ken debate debacle, with its...Read More »
In our last post we raised the issue of the courage and dignity that was manifestly lacking in the decision made by Lorraine Allanson and Ken Wilkinson to renege on a promise to take part in a debate on fracking in Harrogate.
There is...Read More »
Following on from our last post about the lack of morality and integrity displayed by Ken Wilkinson and his (so far) anonymous accomplice in trying to wreck Mike Hill’s career, we are genuinely surprised to be able to bring you...Read More »
Yesterday we were delighted to learn that, after a thorough 18 month investigation, Mike Hill was totally exonerated by the The Institution of Engineering and Technology with regard to 57 allegations that had been levelled against him. There were in fact two...Read More »
Let’s take a step back in time shall we.
Imagine you are back in 2012 in a packed hall in St Annes listening to a panel debate between the regulators, Cuadrilla, Friends of the Earth and local engineer Mike Hill. Somebody suggests that fracking in the Fylde will require maybe as...Read More »
Today’s sermon from the Church of St Michael Insanum will be based on a text from Galatians 6:7
“For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
On Wednesday this week, Dr Ania Szolucha of the University of Bergen launched her peer-reviewed research paper on “The Social Futures of Resource...Read More »
Hot on the heels of Theresa May’s attempt to ignite the flare stack of public enthusiasm for fracking by offering householders bribes to accept it, comes an article from Mortgage Insider which fractures one of the main seams of her argument, releasing the very gas of truth into...Read More »
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy made an announcement yesterday.
The Oil and Gas Authority will be established as an independent regulator by the UK Government, with new powers that mean it can act with greater speed and flexibility to drive investment, support jobs and further the...Read More »