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Take the advice of Greg Clark, Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government

Greg Clark

"Those who are prepared to organise to be more effective and more efficient should be able to reap substantially the rewards of that boldness ...

Take power now. Don’t let yourself, any longer, be ruled by someone else"

How many wells?

Click the image from more information on Cuadrilla's plans for PEDL 165

Fracking Employment

From the Financial Times 16 October 2013

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


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"

Yes you!

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr Seuss

We are not for sale!

England is not for sale!


Join the ever growing number of households who have signed up to the Wrongmove campaign!

Tell Cuadrilla and the Government that your house is "Not for Shale"


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"Many fleas make big dog move"
Japanese Proverb quoted by Jessica Ernst

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Focusing on the issues

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 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:

Fracking bribes and house prices

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 »

New "Improved" Independent regulator!!!

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 »

Global WTF Thinktank Urges Theresa May to Jump off a Political Cliff

What’s this I hear you ask? The Global Warming Policy Forum , a right-wing climate denier “forum”, (or “think tank”, “septic tank” or what you will) is urging the newly minted PM to rush headlong of the fracking cliff? Surely not? But yes, they are indeed!

London, 8 August...Read More »

The Shale Wealth Fund Consultation Document

This document can be downloaded from

The first and most obvious comment to make is that yesterday’s media hysteria about individual households being promised tens of thousands of pounds each was clearly rubbish. The only refrences to this idea in the document are:

1.12 The government is also...Read More »

Inducements and Bemusements

So yesterday the National Press all reported on a new consultation on fracking, launched personally, it would appear, by Theresa May. Except we haven’t yet (at the time of writing) been allowed to see its contents.

Nevertheless the papers were hyperventilating about the news that individuals rather than councils would now...Read More »

Same shit - different shovel! The NWETF gets a reboot

We learned this week that

Lancashire for Shale, a new pro-shale group funded by local businesses and industry, held its launch reception yesterday evening (25th July 2016) for Lancashire firms at the White Tower restaurant in Blackpool to call on local and national decision-makers to get behind onshore natural gas development...Read More »

Mark Menzies MP - Can you help unravel this mystery?

Over the last few weeks a number of commentators have become increasingly concerned that the report from the Committee on Climate Change to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, produced under the direction of the 2015 Infrastructure Act, has not been made public.

This report deals with the...Read More »

Such hypocrisy Mr Egan!

In the Farmer’s Guardian this week we read that Emma Thompson and her sister Sophie are facing legal action for trespass leading from their alleged breaking of an injunction on Farmer Wensley’s field.

At the end of the article there is a quote from St Francis of Egan who tells the...Read More »

Cronin the Mathematician

Much has already been written about yesterday’s decision at NYCC, so I am going to concentrate on one statement that particularly struck me during the day.

I was sure I heard Ken Cronin of UKOOG explaining that UKOOG were working on the assumption that pad density would be “approximately 10 pads...Read More »

100% scumbag - that's despicable old me!

I have just been treated to the amusing experience of being told by Backing Fracking that I am “despicable” as, according to him/her (they remain resolutely anonymous like most industry shills) I am responsible for a well known fracking supporter being “sacked”. I hadn’t realised how powerful this site...Read More »

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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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