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:
Chris Faulkner AKA The Frackmaster
An object lesson in how the Oil and Gas industry and its acolytes seem as ready to be taken in by the Emperor’s new clothes as any other bunch of naive and needy people.
It only seem like yesterday that the UK fracking industry and it’s compliant...Read More »
On 18th February 2017 the Daily Telegraph published an article with the title “Cuadrilla takes shale activist row to Government as local firms lose out“.
In the article the reporter, Jillian Ambrose, states that
“Cuadrilla boss Francis Egan has raised concerns with officials in the Home Office, asking that police...Read More »
Protest comes in many forms but few a beautiful as this heartfelt song from Andy Severyn, inspired by the trashing of the Valentine’s Day flowers tied to the fencing at Preston New Road.
If you have a couple of minutes give it a listen please...Read More »
Francis Egan has been very keen on playing down the size of his erection, but as everybody driving past the site at Preston New Road can now see, the site is growing bigger every day. It is in fact very helpful that their first development site is being built somewhere...Read More »
Over on the stock discussion board “Hot Copper”, investors in Cuadrilla’s parent company AJ Lucas have been getting very jittery as protest slows down developments at Preston New Road.
In an effort to rally the troops one investor has been pointing out what a jolly good deal Cuadrilla have snaffled for...Read More »
A guest post by local businesswoman, Kate Styles, reproduced from her blog with her kind permission
So what is a “professional protester”?
I see this term a lot, especially in the letters pages when the publication has covered an anti fracking demonstration. Very regularly, we see phrases such as “professional protesters bussed...Read More »
This week Ineos paid to have an 8 page supplement inserted into 10 Johnstone Press titles in and around the midlands.
An electronic version of the supplement (which does differ from the print version can be found here)
Having analysed the statements made, we have identified no less than 40...Read More »
Local engineer Mike Hill has now taken a good look at the recent paper on fracking from the Church of England that the shale gas PR machine rather desperately claimed endorsed fracking.
He seems rather unimpressed – you can read his observations...Read More »
It’s time for the Cuadrilla “Spot The Difference” competition.
Readers who follow this blog may recall the trouble we had getting any answers from Cuadrilla’s “Community Information Line” (which is in fact run by their PR company Lexington Communications)
We were trying to get the answer to three fairly simple questions but...Read More »
Regular readers may be aware that local engineer Mike Hill was subjected to a protracted smear campaign by pro-fracking activists.
We believe that in making a host of unfounded, unsustainable but ultimately very damaging insinuations against an honest man the pro-fracking activists concerned not only crossed a line into...Read More »