Category: Industry Tactics

Industry Tactics

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...

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...

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...

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...

So shale gas is a damp squib

So shale gas is a damp squib

It was all going so well for the frackers. Report after report told us that UK shale gas was going to provide security of supply, cheaper gas, and oodles upon oodles of jobs. Doubters were caricatured as unpatriotic, Putin funded, fools who could not see the fossil fuel El Dorado...