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So who exactly is Backing Fracking – unmasking the astro-turfers redux

So who exactly is Backing Fracking – unmasking the astro-turfers redux

It is hard to know how to react to the industry front group astroturfers, Backing Fracking, sometimes. As we have seen previously the group’s claims to represent ordinary members of the community rather than business interests are risible to say the least. Previously though the main individual posting seemed to...

Backing Fracking joins the retreat from debate

Backing Fracking joins the retreat from debate

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...

So who exactly is Backing Fracking – unmasking the astro-turfers

So who exactly is Backing Fracking – unmasking the astro-turfers

Given what I read in their carefully crafted press releases and on their social media sites, it seems that the astroturfing group which calls itself “Backing Fracking” would have you believe that they are made up of ordinary “residents” who are nothing to do with “the industry and businesses on...

Backing Fracking reacts!

Backing Fracking reacts!

You might think that when we provide CCTV evidence that anti-fracking signs were stolen from people’s gardens that any group which claims to have integrity, be responsible and represent residents’ views would try to distance itself from any criminal actions. Well not Backing Fracking, who, having tried to generate positive...

Backing Fracking? Is this the most hilarious contextual advertising of the year

Backing Fracking? Is this the most hilarious contextual advertising of the year

I think it must be 🙂 Well done The Blackpool Gazette! Perhaps not quite as funny but still quite apposite are the contextual ads on The Bee’s report, given that if Backing Fracking get their way many locals may find themselves in an involuntary vapour zone.

Mike Hill investigates the Church of England paper on fracking

Mike Hill investigates the Church of England paper on fracking

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 here http://media.wix.com/ugd/b0aabf_5902a55b06fd4338a56db38dd8687240.pdf Amusingly the Blackpool Gazette has now...

DECC Wave 17 shows opposition to fracking is steadily rising

DECC Wave 17 shows opposition to fracking is steadily rising

It seems that the Backing Fracking bandwagon is running out of steam in spite of the massive PR effort from the government and the fracking companies. DECC’s public attitude tracker has now reached Wave 17. Results from polling in March show that more people were opposed (31%) to fracking than...

52% oppose fracking in poll in national newspaper

52% oppose fracking in poll in national newspaper

The Sun ran a poll asking if readers were in favour of fracking. After two days of saturation coverage offering readers visions of riches beyond their wildest dreams and lapdancers agogo – or should that be akimbo? – they announced the result rather prematurely here: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/5007564/Fracking-public-support.html saying “A poll we...

Myth 4 – Fracking boosts the local economy

Myth 4 – Fracking boosts the local economy

This is another weasel myth. It is easy to put this out as a benefit and then portray anyone who questions it as a selfish Luddite NIMBY who is against progress and doesn’t want what’s best for the local area. Let’s just take a look at the reality though. Jobs...

Myth 2 – Fracking and jobs

Myth 2 – Fracking and jobs

It is constantly claimed that one of the main benefits of fracking will be the creation of employment in areas which are in decline. Hugely varying claims have been made for the extent of direct and induced (supply chain) jobs that will be created. Corin Taylor writing a report to...