Category: Public Opinion

17 pads in Lancashire? Really?

17 pads in Lancashire? Really?

Our friends over at Backing Fracking have been in PR overdrive again. This time they are trying to do some maths but they haven’t really thought it through. Desperate to show that fracking might create some jobs, but having very little to base it on, they have had to rely...

How big would your mess of pottage have to be?

How big would your mess of pottage have to be?

Cuadrilla proudly announced today that local residents, when surveyed, had indicated that they wanted the “community benefit” promised by Cuadrilla to go to their own pockets and not to other local causes. Maybe it’s hard to blame them – if you lose 7% (government estimate from the 2014 Shale Gas...

Support for Fracking Continues to Slide Towards Single Figures

Support for Fracking Continues to Slide Towards Single Figures

BEIS Wave 23 shows  almost 3 times as many now oppose fracking as support it. Support for fracking at lowest point since the survey began. Only 13% now support fracking. 36% now oppose it. Strong support down to 1% Today saw the release of the latest quarterly BEIS Public Attitudes...

Emergency measures

Emergency measures

Cuadrilla recently submitted an application to vary their planning permission at Preston New Road.   As part of this they submitted a Supporting Statement This supporting statement was approved by no less than the Chief Executive of Cuadrilla as can be seen here: In this supporting statement they made the...

Water water everywhere ….

Water water everywhere ….

In an effort to clarify the issue of where the water we drink comes from I put in an EIR request to United Utilities. It took them some time to come up with a response but here is a summary. If you live in the Fylde then your water comes...

Could imported LNG really be cheaper than UK produced shale?

Could imported LNG really be cheaper than UK produced shale?

We were struck by a graphic produced by the Frackers’ PR machine last week so we decided to do some analysis of the relative costs ourselves. The results are quite interesting. The moral of today’s story is “Don’t be taken in by simplistic and illogical memes.” Here in one graphic...

Please Police Me!

Please Police Me!

POLICING COSTS FOR PRESTON NEW ROAD MAY ALREADY HAVE TOPPED £10 MILLION MUTUAL AID COSTS ARE ESTIMATED AT OVER £1 MILLION FRACKING IN PRODUCTION COULD EAT UP HALF OF LANCASHIRE CONSTABULARY’S BUDGET FOR 20 YEARS For some time now those supporting fracking have tried to turn the narrative away from...

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...

And in the naked light I saw …

And in the naked light I saw …

A week or so ago I met local music teacher Andy Severyn for a beer and out of the blue came an idea for a song about fracking. A couple of days later Andy and I (but mostly Andy) had put together some great replacement lyrics for Don McLean’s haunting...

Minitrue

Minitrue

In George Orwell’s 1984, the main protagonist, Winston Smith, works at the Ministry of Truth, or “Minitrue”, as an editor. He is responsible for historical revisionism; he rewrites records and alters photographs to conform to the state’s ever-changing version of history itself. In 2017 he might have got a job...