Author: Refracktion

An ounce of performance

  “An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises” – Mae West With that in mind lets take a look at the commitments made by Cuadrilla to the county of Lancashire back in December 2016. How are they doing after nearly two years on each of these? Let’s take...

Who is grooming who?

On Monday 30th July we witnessed one of the most unsavoury episodes to date in the Public Relations war that is being waged against fracking protesters here in the UK. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (which describes itself as being “made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and Mayor,...

Water Water Everywhere …

This article first appeared in edited form on Desmog.co.uk This year we have experienced the longest heat wave since 1976, and we learned this weekend that the North West of England is heading for a hosepipe ban in a couple of weeks. We have also learned recently that Cuadrilla have...

More tangled webs

Further to our article on whether it was advisable for Brian Coope to be involved with the vile Reclaim The Road page / group, we had a bit of a spat with Jim O’Neil (arch profracker) on a local Facebook Group. Jim swore blind that the pottymouthed RTR group was...

Cooped Up on the Independent Advisory Group

We were shocked to read a tweet by @Lady_ClaireUK on Twitter today. “A supposedly-neutral member of the Independent Advisory Group for @LancsPolice, Brian Coope, is also a member of a #fracking astroturf group, lobbying for Cuadrilla. This group & its members have been reported for harassment & incitement to violence”...

With Friends Like These …

We are quite used to sparring with the industry’s front groups. It is a rather obvious strategy for them to set up astroturf groups claiming to be organised by local residents who can then say and do things that the companies themselves might prefer not to be seen saying and...

Shaky PR

The news reported today that hydraulic fracturing probably was responsible for the South Korean magnitude 5.5 earthquake last November will have caused a headache or two in the boardrooms at Cuadrilla, Ineos and the other fracking companies. Their mood won’t have been improved by the fact that this comes hot...

Bang Bang

So this week there have been two reports released which should have reduced the fracking industry’s stocks of paracetamol. The first came from the University of Stirling and looked at the research that underpinned the Scottish parliament’s ban on fracking. In the first study of its kind, the team compared the...

Schrödingers Protesters

It seems that we protesters are in fact merely unknowing participants in Cuadrilla’s thought experiment. Like the eponymous cat we appear to exist in two different states simultaneously. Cuadrilla’s Technical Director Mark Lappin was reported at the most recent Community Liaison Group meeting as stating that protest action at Preston...