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From the Financial Times 16 October 2013

AMEC forecast just 15,900 to 24,300 nationwide - direct & indirect

Jobs would typically be short term, at between four and nine years

Only 17% of jobs so far have gone to local people

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The rise and fall of the “Frackmaster”

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 friends in the media were falling over themselves to fawn over the CEO of Breitling Energy, who had contrived to get himself known by the label “The Frackmaster”, and had thus acquired guru like status amongst the unquestioning and the easily impressed.

Here is how he is described on his own company website

Impressive isn’t it?

He was interviewed by the BBC

He was interviewed by the Guardian

He attended and addressed the Shale Gas Conferences in the UK and throughout Europe

He was welcomed by the parafrackers as God’s gift to Yorkshire (How must Lorraine Allanson regret that endorsement now)

He took out an advert in The Daily Telegraph in 2014 which started “Dear Citizens of the United Kingdom, Do you know that your country is blessed with an incredible gift? It’s shale gas – natural gas trapped in layers of shale rock deep below the surface of the earth.

I could go on but here is Ruth Hayhurst’s summary from Drill or Drop for just one year – 2014

He was the MAN!

But then the gilt began to peel off. His advert in the Telegraph was censured by the Advertising Standards Authority in 2014 who ruled that six claims were misleading, exaggerated and unsubstantiated and should not be repeated.

Questions had been asked as to how this former sex toy web site entrepreneur had become one of the world’s leading authorities on hydraulic fracturing, and in 2016 we learned that the US SEC was suing Mr Faulkner for fraud involving an alleged sum of $80 million on investors’ money through the sale of Oil and Gas working interest investments.

Finally in February 2017 we read on Texas Sharon’s website  that Mr Faulkner had been arrested at Los Angeles airport and is being held in jail in Los Angeles without bail on charges of felony.


As Mr Faulkner is notoriously litigious we’ll leave you to Google “Chris Faulkner Frackmaster” for yourselves so you can draw your own further conclusions as to how this man became the guru of the UK fracking scene and what that says about the industry and its supporters.

Enjoy.

P.S. If anybody is interested there is a great domain name for sale!

Arrested Development

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 are given greater clarity on the laws surrounding protest action so that police are able to protect local businesses.”

However, she then went on to state that “There have been a dozen arrests related to verbal death threats and physical assault against workers at Cuadrilla’s site in the last month” and quoted Chamber of Commerce leader Babs Williams (sic) as describing the “appalling and intimidatory tactics” used by anti-fracking activists.

Anyone reading the article without better information might be excused for believing that anti-fracking protectors have been regularly arrested for totally unacceptable behaviour.

So how much truth is there in this article? It is not clear whose ear Mr Egan may or may not have been bending with his presumptuous suggestion that Police don’t know what they are doing and the implication that they should be doing much more for him – we are not told and the suggestion is very generic. I’d ask but as we know Cuadrilla refuse to engage with any questions I ask them. However, what is clear is that Lancashire Police have categorically and unequivocally denied that up to the date of publication of the article a single individual had been arrested for anything resembling the reasons given by Ms Ambrose in her article.

Independent journalist Ruth Hayhurst reported on her website this morning that “A spokesperson for Lancashire Police confirmed at 11.45am on 20 February 2017 that there had been no arrests related to verbal death threats and physical assault against workers at the Preston New Road site.

She also provided further background on her headlines page where she stated:

Arrests at Preston New Road: The Telegraph article referred to a “dozen arrests related to verbal abuse and physical assault against workers at Cuadrilla’s site in the last month”. The Telegraph told DrillOrDrop the source of this statement was Cuadrilla. The company made a statement on 20/2/2017, saying the reference was to the dozen arrests made in connection with protests at or near the Preston New Road site. Separately, a company spokesperson said that threats of verbal abuse and physical violence are “all taken seriously and have been passed to the Police to investigate and take statements”.

[For clarity we should point out here that as far as we know there have so far been 10 arrests made under Section 14 of the Public Order Act and one under the Trade Union Labour Relations Act. It is clear from Lancashire Polices response that not a single one of these involved death threats or assault. ]

So we have something of a gap here – The Telegraph appear to be suggesting that the claim about the “dozen arrests related to verbal death threats and physical assault” came from Cuadrilla but Cuadrilla are claiming that they only referred generically to some arrests and didn’t specify what they were for. Equally Cuadrilla would appear to be claiming not to have mentioned “death threats” at all.

So what can we make of this?

If this were some down at heel local rag we might charitably assume that a naive reporter got overawed by being offered an interview with Cuadrilla’s CEO late on a Friday, got what she thought was  a juicy quote and either misunderstood it or was was unable to validate it during the weekend but published anyway. However, it isn’t the local rag – this is the Daily Telegraph and the reporter concerned is “a Business Reporter covering oil, gas and utilities for The Telegraph business desk“. Somebody who presumably brings the ethics and experience of a professional journalist to bear. She is after all quite caustic about the professional abilities of others.

So maybe this experienced reporter on a quality national newspaper took two unrelated statements (that arrests were made and Cuadrilla’s claims that threats had been made) and conflated them into something more interesting than either statement was in isolation – but that seems unlikely and wouldn’t explain the very specific statement about “verbal death threats and physical assault“. After all there is a considerable difference between verbal “abuse” and a verbal “death threat“. That would be quite an embellishment wouldn’t it?

Could it be then that Ms Ambrose was actually reporting what she was told by Cuadrilla, and that she made a mistake in not confirming the facts with Lancashire Police before repeating the allegation in her article? It seems unlikely that a staff journalist on a national broadsheet would not be careful enough to cover themselves by checking the reliability of a claim that could be so incendiary before repeating it. But then when challenged, she did claim on Twitter (see below) that her statement was backed up by evidence on the Lancashire Police Facebook page. (It wasn’t)

If that’s not it then we have to ask whether a professional and experienced journalist would , intentionally or otherwise,  misquote the CEO of a company she was interviewing. That would be an unlikely things for a journalist on a national title to do, and did she not, like every other journalist I have encountered keep her own shorthand notes of the conversation? Again, it seems unlikely that Ms Ambrose does not have a recording or written record of the interview to fall back on to defend her and the Telegraph’s position regarding any statements made by her interviewee, Mr Egan.

I’m running out of hypotheses now but it seems that the gap between the statements made by both parties by way of explanation as to the origin of the defamation still remains to be filled, as the given explanations simply can’t be made to fit together in any coherent way.  Maybe an investigative journalist could ask some pointed questions to get to the bottom of this?

Today the Telegraph reporter was made aware of both her mistake with Babs Murphy’s name and the fact that the statement regarding “verbal death threats and physical assault” had been denied by the Police. The article has now been corrected as regards Ms Murphy’s name but the calumny about the “death threats” and “physical assaults” still remains. Indeed Ms Ambrose tweeted rather combatively:

This suggests that she didn’t perhaps realise the gravity of the claim she had made regarding the “verbal death threats and physical assault”.

In any event it seems that the Telegraph are currently standing by their version of events, which is somewhat surprising and disappointing in the face of Lancashire Police’s statement which flatly contradicts it and Cuadrilla’s apparent denial of being the source of the specific information regarding “verbal death threats and physical assault” .

We are aware from some (very justifiably) angry responses on social media that several complaints have now been made to the newspaper regulator IPSO, so we hope that they will be able to shine a light on what really lies behind a very unsavoury defamation of those opposed to fracking.

We honestly don’t know who is to blame, but we do know that there isn’t a jot of truth in the allegation that “There have been a dozen arrests related to verbal death threats and physical assault against workers at Cuadrilla’s site in the last month“.

Watch this space to see how this plays out.

(Before you came) You will not take our flowers

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

How big is this pad going to get?

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 where its impact is so visible to passing residents.

The claim that the site will only take as much land as a rugby pitch (~1 hectare) is being show up for the lie it is with every new load of aggregate and every new portakabin that gets delivered.

The plan submitted to Lancashire County Council shows that the net total land covered by surface works at the development is about 7 hectares (this the area bordered in red on the plan below)

 

In addition the area shaded yellow (approximate) is being used for the siting of office portakabins etc – in fact if you look you can see what looks like a new small village being sited! We asked both a Cuadrilla employee and an AE Yates employee at the site whether the area shown yellow would be temporary or permanent (for the period of development). The Cuadrilla employee suggested I contact the Community Information line who refuse to communicate with me) and would not /could not tell me more. The AE Yates employee wouldn’t confirm either way but asked me why I thought they would have moved the cabins from their original position (in the pink shaded area on the plan above) to where they are now if they then intended to move them again.


This adds perhaps about another hectare to the developed site meaning that our estimate is that the developed area will be about 8 hectares compared to Mr Egan’s repeated claim to the media that it will only cover the size of a rugby pitch (1 hectare). And remember this is the net usage – if the entire fields in which these developments are occurring were removed from agricultural use then the area concerned  would be much greater

Add to this the 90 associated monitoring array points each taking up a space of 20 x 20 and you have a further 3.6 hectares taken out of use. So we are now between 11 and 12 hectares of prime agricultural and being removed from productive use to allow this development to take place.

Remember – this is just one pad of 4 wells. Mr Egan has plans for over 100 pads of 40 wells each!

Is Lancashire being given away by our government?

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 themselves here in Lancashire

As shale continues to develop the highest acreage value I have ever heard of is this one. $60,000 per acre!

Which just shows, if it is good shale, with modern technologies, serious value is there to be unlocked.

Cuadrilla had its shale for free. Over 1 million acres.

Even just at Preston new road where the site (including the new admin blocks) now looks to cover about 10 acres (that’s a lot of rugby pitches by the way Francis – about 5!) that’s about half a million pounds worth in total.

It’s great to see that our government is making sure the British tax payer gets a fair deal and that profits won’t just be syphoned out to Cuadrilla’s off-shore owners and investors isn’t it? … er hang on.

So what is a “professional protester”?

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 in”, or “protesters from outside the area”, or just ” professional protester”  It is used by people who write in support of shale gas,in a sneering , jeering, dismissive way…. These same individuals who also fail to see that their inclusion in the supply chain and seeking to profit from shale actually means that they could be considered to be professional proponents of fracking…..

There are many  implications inherent in this phrase. Firstly, that there is no “local” support, and that people have to be brought into the area. Secondly, that if you don’t live locally you have no right to have a voice ( this one makes me smile, as one of the correspondents who likes to use this term when backing fracking in Lancashire and Yorkshire is from Somerset). Thirdly, that protesters are either supported by the state or are paid for attendance.  And, finally it raises the question of what exactly is a professional protester?

What qualifies anyone to be a professional? There are no degrees in protesting; there is no Union, no association or membership body, no accredited courses, no vocational qualifications. Do you get to be a professional due to the number of protests you attend, the number of causes you support or is it the duration of the action, or the length of time you have been an activist?

So, I looked at some of the passionate and committed anti fracking protesters it has been my pleasure to meet and thought I would try to answer the question.

One of the ladies who has been a supporter for very many years suffers from chronic pain and a multitude of medical conditions. She does not drive and is on a fixed income. She attends the vast majority of protests ( when transport is available and funds allow), and yet I know that in order to do this, she will often spend the next few days in bed and quite ill as a consequence of having made the effort to protest as a means of informing others about the dangers of fracking.

What about the single mother who works part time and has school age children and needs to make elaborate child-minding plans if she wishes to protest? She enlists help to get her kiddies off to school in the morning and collected and fed after school. After a day at work and usual homework, teatime, bedtime routine, the night before an event sees her making packed lunches for everyone, laying out uniform and whatever she will require before an early night for an early start to a protest miles from home because she cares about the future of her children and what fracking will mean to their health.

And then there is the man who books a precious day from his holiday entitlement because he sees fracking as an enormous risk to our environment. He fills his car with petrol on the way home from work ready for his long journey the next day. Up bright and early he and his wife take the scenic route, stopping for a coffee on the way . They spend the day standing in the rain in support of a community threatened by fracking because they know that solidarity is important in getting the message across. After a long drive home, it is off to bed to be ready for work in the morning.

The protectors who set up camps in fields in order to be close to proposed fracking sites. Living in tents and temporary structures in the freezing cold of a British winter, without the comforts of home we take for granted. Creating a hub for other activists and visitors and being prepared to participate in non violent direct action on a daily basis after which they don’t have the luxury of a long hot soak, or a home cooked meal, or a night spent in front of the fire in a cosy armchair.

Are these people “professional protesters”?

Each and every one of the protesters I know makes sacrifices to join protest. It may be time, or money, or both. It may be missing the kids bedtime, it may be spending time recuperating, it may be borrowing the money for a bus fare. It may be lugging equipment for a tea tent, it may be baking and buying provisions. It may be early starts and long journeys, it may be living without basic comforts.

The next time you hear people talking of “professional protesters”, maybe think about these simple facts. Protest is the voice of the disenfranchised. Protest is not a path lightly trodden. Protest is unpaid and uncompromising in the demands it makes of individuals. Protest happens when all other avenues have been explored and exhausted.

People protest because they care – they care about family and community and our environment and the consequences fracking has to cause harm to all of these. They protest because Climate Change is real and fracking has no place in our required transition to alternative renewable fuel sources. They protest because they have researched and read and understand the issues around fracking. They protest because it raises public awareness and draws media attention and because protest can influence change.

When “The Facts” simply are not the facts

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 instances in which we believe the supplement breaches the Advertising Standards Authority code – specifically regarding clauses

  • 3.1 (Misleading advertising)
  • 3.6 (Subjective claims)
  • 3.7 (Substantiation)
  • 3.11 (Exaggeration).

We have today sent a formal complaint to the ASA, a copy of which can be downloaded here –  ASA Ineos 170127

We will update you on this blog when we receive a response. We will not however be able to reveal any discussions or preliminary conclusions reached as these would be confidential. We will leave that kind of behaviour to others.

Mike Hill investigates the Church of England paper on fracking

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Mike Hill

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 deleted all the social media comments on the page on which they reported BackingFracking’s extravagant claims. I bet the Rev Roberts is mightily relieved.

Stuck On Repeat – Cuadrilla’s Useless Clueless Information Line

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 they seemed reluctant and/or unable to provide any answers.

The three questions were:

1.  What was the planned surface area of the site at Preston New Road.

2.  What is the number of jobs (FTE equivalents)  that Cuadrilla genuinely expect will result from work at the site.

3. What exactly are Cuadrilla planning to drill this year?

As they declined to answer them for me I asked several friends to ask them on my behalf.

Here is how one correspondent phrased the questions in more detail:

I am a little confused by some of the things reported to have been said by your Mr Egan in his interview with the Guardian (Jan 5th 2017). Please can you give me definitive answers to the following questions.

Firstly,  what is the planned area of the site on Preston New Road?  The article says “about the size of a rugby pitch” but I would like to know the area in hectares.

Second, Mr Egan is quoted as saying that “the work would involve dozens of people”.  Could you tell me precisely how many full time equivalent jobs Cuadrilla  expects to result from work at the Preston New Road site?

Finally, the article says that Cuadrilla “will concentrate on drilling a pilot well 3,500 metres deep this year and two horizontal wells”.  I was under the impression that Cuadrilla only had permission to drill one horizontal well from each vertical well. Please could you clarify what drilling you actually intend to carry out this year, please?

A number of other people sent in similar requests. Perhaps realising what a PR gaffe it would be if their information line refused to talk to anybody at all they sent back the same cut and paste responses to all of those who wrote in.

These were as follows

Please find below answers to your queries.

Preston New Road site area

The Exploration Site and access, extends to approximately 2.65 hectares (ha) and are located within a parcel of agricultural land of around 7.2 ha, of which 1.55ha is a compacted crushed stone surfaced well pad from which the drilling, hydraulic fracturing and flow testing activities will be undertaken. The remainder of the application site will consist of surface water collection ditches, landscaped bunds (from topsoil and subsoil excavated during construction of the well pad) and fencing and the land required for the extended flow test pipeline and connection. It is the 1.55 ha well pad which we say is approximately the size of a rugby pitch to help people visualise the size.

Jobs created at the Preston New Road site

In the Environment Statement independent planning consultant Arup estimated that approximately 19 on-site jobs will be created by Cuadrilla’s operations at the Preston New Road site. However we expect a greater number of supply chain jobs will be created in Lancashire as a result of the shale gas industry in the UK.  Overall dozens of on-site jobs and personnel will be required to complete the site-build and exploratory operations at the Preston New Road site.  These will include construction jobs, drilling jobs, well service jobs among others.  When we launched our Putting Lancashire First initiative last December we published a tracker of which direct and indirect jobs are included.  We will keep publishing these figures quarterly this year.

Type of drilling

Initially a vertical pilot well is drilled – rock samples are taken from this to understand more about the geology and where best to drill the horizontal wells. Then the horizontal wells are drilled at various depths (up to a depth between 2,000m and 3,500m).  One of the horizontal wells will come off the pilot well. We have planning permission for four vertical wells to be drilled, however we do not envisage drilling all four this year.

If you’ve been following this fiasco you will know that those answers are hardly satisfactory

We asked some of our correspondents to follow these answers up making the points you can read below under “Supplementary Questions”.

Of course Cuadrilla, who wish to ensure that public is as fully informed about their operations as is possible provided suitably detailed responses to these follow up questions as follows:

Please find below answers to your queries.

Preston New Road site area

The Exploration Site and access, extends to approximately 2.65 hectares (ha) and are located within a parcel of agricultural land of around 7.2 ha, of which 1.55ha is a compacted crushed stone surfaced well pad from which the drilling, hydraulic fracturing and flow testing activities will be undertaken. The remainder of the application site will consist of surface water collection ditches, landscaped bunds (from topsoil and subsoil excavated during construction of the well pad) and fencing and the land required for the extended flow test pipeline and connection. It is the 1.55 ha well pad which we say is approximately the size of a rugby pitch to help people visualise the size.

Jobs created at the Preston New Road site

In the Environment Statement independent planning consultant Arup estimated that approximately 19 on-site jobs will be created by Cuadrilla’s operations at the Preston New Road site. However we expect a greater number of supply chain jobs will be created in Lancashire as a result of the shale gas industry in the UK. Overall dozens of on-site jobs and personnel will be required to complete the site-build and exploratory operations at the Preston New Road site. These will include construction jobs, drilling jobs, well service jobs among others. When we launched our Putting Lancashire First initiative last December we published a tracker of which direct and indirect jobs are included. We will keep publishing these figures quarterly this year.

Type of drilling

Initially a vertical pilot well is drilled – rock samples are taken from this to understand more about the geology and where best to drill the horizontal wells. Then the horizontal wells are drilled at various depths (up to a depth between 2,000m and 3,500m). One of the horizontal wells will come off the pilot well. We have planning permission for four vertical wells to be drilled, however we do not envisage drilling all four this year.

Yes folks – they couldn’t be bothered to answer the further questions so they just copied and pasted their original answers. I know at least two people who got the same off-hand and insulting treatment.

So when you hear Francis Egan telling you how much he values community involvement, maybe remind him of the fact that his tame PR company is making him his company look completely uncaring and totally unprofessional.

 


Supplementary questions

  1. Preston New Road Site Area 

    Lexington Communications responded “It is the 1.55 ha well pad which we say is approximately the size of a rugby pitch to help people visualise the size.” but a rugby pitch is only 1 hectare in size so even 1.55 hectares  is misleading by a third! So they are “approximately” telling the truth then?in fact the Environmental Statement shows the pad looking like this (P66)

    The three layers of high fencing surround not just the pad but the bunds etc as well, and that area is about 2.2 hectares  so if they are pretending to be describing the visual / spatial impact they are being very disingenuous by saying it is just the pad area and then comparing that to a 1 hectare rugby pitch!

    2.Jobs created at the Preston New Road site

    Lexington really need  to check ask that 19 figure as it looks more like 8 on site employees in the ES they refer to after “leakage” is taken into account. (Leakage being defined as the proportion of the benefit felt elsewhere).

    The 11 is made up of 8 net direct FTEs + 4 additional (indirect / induced) from associated monitoring – (presumably rounding or mathematical error accounts for it not being 12)

    The calculations show in Table 9.5 attempt to quantify employment relating to on-Site activities, the indirect supply chain effects and the induced effects associated with increased spending by workers (the latter two areas being what the composite multiplier accounts for) at the Lancashire level. The net FTE estimation is estimated to be 11 FTE positions.

    So the total direct and supply chain employment is only 11!

    To this we can maybe add 4

    These calculations do not include the employment generated by the installation of the arrays, which could be for an additional team of up to four people working on each of the 80 sites for up to three days.

    This would give a total of 15

    So to say “Overall dozens of on-site jobs and personnel will be required to complete the site-build and exploratory operations at the Preston New Road site. These will include construction jobs, drilling jobs, well service jobs among others.” would seem to be a very misleading exaggeration, wouldn’t it? It’s more like “a dozen” at Preston new Road isn’t it? 8 direct + 4 monitoring according to their own Environmental Statement

    3. Type of Drilling 

    So exactly what did Francis Egan mean then when he said Cuadrilla “will concentrate on drilling a pilot well 3,500 metres deep this year and two horizontal wells”

    Does this mean they will drill two verticals with one horizontal each or one vertical with two horizontals off it

    It’s an important question as as far as we know their planning permission only allows them one horizontal per vertical

Mike Hill and the IET

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 totally unacceptable campaigning, but set a new low in the race for the bottom which has characterised the industry’s PR campaigning in the UK.

Redacted documents released after a subject access request subsequently revealed that the individuals concerned  included  2 Kens  (one from UKOOG) and a Michael. We’ll leave you to guess who they might be, although one of the Ken’s, Ken Wilkinson has proudly admitted his involvement.

You can read more about this sorry and dishounourable tale here: http://www.refracktion.com/index.php/morality-and-integrity-two-things-the-pro-frackers-cant-buy/

We are delighted to say that a confirmation that these smears were rejected out-of-hand was published in December’s issue of the IET’s Member News. It read:

We trust that those involved will be issuing a suitable public apology in the near future.

 

 

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