Category: Media

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...

Cuadrilla downgrade forecast confidence

Things have not been going swimmingly for Cuadrilla (unless we imagine them splashing around on their soggy well pad perhaps). This is perhaps reflected in the language they use to describe their level of confidence in their ability to extract gas from their operation at Preston New Road. Back in...

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...

The answer my friend …

The answer my friend …

New research by You Gov commissioned by climate change group 10:10 shows that on shore wind is vastly more popular than either of the government’s two pet projects (Small modular nuclear reactors or fracking) Support for fracking is particularly low. A very clear majority (61%) really don’t want a fracking...

Uncomfortably Number

Uncomfortably Number

As we reported in our last post the Backing Fracking astroturf group’s new website isn’t exactly a reliable source of information. Today we read their latest blog post in which they state: You have to commend the PR boys for that “per fracking stage” don’t you. How about when you...

“Nation shall speak rubbish unto nation”

Well it finally happened! Industry astroturfers Backing Fracking have at long last created their own website, 2 years after collecting over £1100 for the purpose. On each page of the site they repeat the claim that “Backing Fracking is a residents collective” We imagine that Backing Fracking must subconsciously referring...

Proud of Froud

Proud of Froud

We are so impressed by Trina Froud’s letter in this week’s Lytham St Annes Express that we thought we’d reproduce it in full here. She speaks for many of us who are frustrated by the portrayal of events by Lancashire Police and their failure to deal with Cuadrilla’s security team...

DECC Wave 22 shows support for Fracking  crashing to a new low

DECC Wave 22 shows support for Fracking crashing to a new low

Today the government belatedly posted the results of its BEIS wave research. This is a series of polls which has been asking questions about energy on a quarterly basis since March 2012 and about shale gas specifically since Wave 8 in December 2013. Today’s results show support for fracking crashing...

Snap Judgements

Snap Judgements

We received the following press release today and feel that it deserves to be read: PRESS RELEASE Local documentary photographer unfairly targeted by police after covering an anti-fracking demonstration for nine minutes. A photographer has been unfairly targeted by police after covering an anti-fracking protest in Greater Manchester. Oldham-based Peter...

Board and Bodging

Board and Bodging

After the shock announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange by Cuadrilla’s parent AJ Lucas that a study they commissioned “estimated a still very large but significantly reduced GIIP resource compared to that estimated by Cuadrilla“, Cuadrilla have now announced a shake up of their management team. The New Board of...