Author: Refracktion

On shaky ground?

STOP PRESS – a further quake of 0.3ml (5 times stronger than the strongest one yesterday – a 0.2 ml ) has occurred this afternoon The regulations require fracking to proceed with caution when induced seismicity reaches 0.0-0.5 magnitude (amber) and stop immediately (red) if it reaches 0.5. We are...

Cracking under the pressure

The fracking industry’s gaming of our legal processes and the start of fracking in the face of dire warnings from the IPCC threatens to fracture their fragile social licence to operate There is a certain delicious irony, when considering the debate about hydraulic fracturing in the UK, that the term...

Fylde Police you are a disgrace

Taking part in the Police Liaison Meetings between Fylde Police and the protesters I have had several conversations with Chief Inspector Keith Ogle regarding the wisdom or otherwise of allowing comments on their Facebook Page posts about traffic on the A583. Without exception he has agreed every time that allowing...

Flaky Shaky Frankie

Well Friday wasn’t a good day for Mr Egan and he was looking rather tired as he gave several interviews to TV news channels. I was particularly interested though by the one he gave to Alex Thompson of Channel 4 News.  Mr Egan was visibly rattled by being asked about...

Infinite Regression – Busting the Myth Busting

A Northwest MP wrote to Claire Perry MP in her capacity as Minister for Clean Growth and Energy. In his letter he raised concerns about shale gas extraction on behalf of his constituents. Ms Perry responded with  a letter containing the usual government platitudes. Here is how it concluded: The...

Roll Up! Roll Up! Perry’s Amazing Unravelling Circus Has Come To Town!

Westminster Hall debates are strange events where, for half an hour, MPs get to grandstand by poking sticks at a minister who responds by reading out whatever policy line the civil servant sitting behind passes to them. At the end of the time allowed, the debate generally lapses and nobody...

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,...