Category: Public Opinion

The  times they are a changin’

The times they are a changin’

Well Cuadrilla’s timings for Preston New Road are anyway. Today Francis Egan, Cuadrilla’s boss, told Drill or Drop “We will exercise our democratic right to carry on with our lawful work at Preston New Road which is progressing to plan.” With Mr Egan it is hard to know whether even...

The Times must be Arfon a laugh surely?

The Times must be Arfon a laugh surely?

So, today’s front page of the Times carries an article in which “residents’ group” Backing Fracking criticise Arfon Jones, the police commissioner for North Wales, for allegedly using his position to influence a decision on pulling the Welsh Police out of the mutual aid agreement with Lancashire Constabulary. In case...

Unhappy campers

Unhappy campers

While protesting about fracking there are some dark and dramatic moments which makes it all the more surreal when it all degenerates into farce. I could hardly believe my eyes when I realised that Lancashire County Council, in its infinite wisdom has now positioned between 4 and 6 security guards...

PR Companies Are Pushing Your Buttons

PR Companies Are Pushing Your Buttons

Backing Fracking and the other industry astroturf  groups are clearly struggling to engage the 50% or so of the population who are undecided in fracking, so of late they’ve been doing a bit of button pushing. In the Conservative Fylde this has mostly taken the form of demonising protesters as...

Unwelcome Visitors

Unwelcome Visitors

Cuadrilla are trying to claim today that fracking will result in a tourism boom for Lancashire. They even shipped over a bombastic B&B battleaxe from Yorkshire to try to make their point for them. However, it won’t. How do we know? Why because their planning expert witness told us just...

Cuadrilla’s incredible vanishing act

Cuadrilla’s incredible vanishing act

Most of us are by now aware that there were two significant earth tremors in the Fylde in early 2011, which coincided with Cuadrilla’s fracking at Preese Hall. It seemed for a while that as reported by the Daily telegraph in 2011 that “Cuadrilla admits drilling caused Blackpool earthquakes” and...

Cuadrilla’s incredible shrinking supply chain Part 2

Cuadrilla’s incredible shrinking supply chain Part 2

Back in April we noticed that Cuadrilla had failed to issue and update in 2017 Q1 as promised, and commented that we’d noticed an apparent reduction in the number of companies claimed to be registered on the supply chain portal. On 31st May Cuadrilla finally released an updated “quarterly” tracker...

Manifestly wrong

Manifestly wrong

So we now know what the Conservative Party has in mind for fracking if they get re-elected in June. Or at least we know what they would like us to believe they will do, as a manifesto promises from the Conservative Party haven’t always been reliable. Here is the passage...

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...

Cuadrilla’s incredible shrinking supply chain

Cuadrilla’s incredible shrinking supply chain

After the hullabaloo they made about the launch of their Community Commitments Tracker it was surprising that Cuadrilla have failed to update it as promised on a quarterly basis. Could the reason be embarrassment? In the launch version they claimed that in November 2016 they have 715 Lancashire based businesses...