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:
The pro-fracker’s latest PR stunt is to try to profit from the misfortune of a PR Marriott employee who has been made redundant by trying to lay the entire blame for this on Lancashire County Council (for having refused permission to Cuadrilla to sink exploration wells last July), and by...Read More »
B.C. Oil and Gas Commission reports that a 4.6-magnitude earthquake in northeastern British Columbia last week has been linked to the largest earthquake in the province that’s already been attributed to fracking – a 4.4-magnitude earthquake that was felt in Fort St. John and Fort Nelson in August 2014.
This is...Read More »
- 4000 wells would require 100 well pads even if they could manage 40 wells per pad
- 4000 wells would only generate about 12.5 TCF of gas
- It would take nearly a decade to produce 1 year’s worth of UK gas demand
- It would require nearly 2/3 of Europe’s existing drilling rig count to...Read More »
DECC Public Attitudes Tracker – Wave 14 released in August 2015 shows that public support for shale gas extraction continues to weaken.
Perhaps the most significant finding is that “support for fracking appears to be linked to awareness…The only group to be more supportive are those that haven’t heard...Read More »
PRESTON NEW ROAD COMMUNITY GROUP
PRESS INFORMATION 15th July 2015
Preston New Road Community Group
Slams New Task Force Report
Preston New Road Community Group has described the newly-published report by the Task Force on Shale Gas – Assessing the...Read More »
A recent article in the Solicitors’ Journal entitled “Fracking: What you need to consider” discusses issues which need to be considered by conveyancing solicitors in areas where fracking may take place.
[The article can only be accessed in full by registered users but you can sign up for...Read More »
The Report on The Shale Gas Rural Economy impacts was published in heavily redacted form, generating a storm of protest in March 2014. Over a year later, and coincidentally just after the LCC decisions on Cuadrilla’s two development site applications, on July 1st 2015, the full report was...Read More »
Whilst much of the report tells us nothing we didn’t already know, what is fascinating is the extent to which the redaction illustrate the Government’s desperation to...Read More »
Hot on the heels of the LCC decision to refuse Cuadrilla’s planning applications for Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road we saw a Westminster Hall debate on fracking.
In this debate Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton proposed a buffer zone...Read More »
A couple of days ago I posted regarding the astroturfing efforts of the industry-funded front group the North West Energy Task Force.
I was particularly interested by the claim made by local farmer, John Loftus who said:
Based on the jobs it has already created around my farm, shale gas will certainly...Read More »