Focusing on the issues

Welcome to the Refracktion website

This site was created to provide clear, focused and useful information on the subject of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract shale gas on the Fylde Coast.

Whether you are coming to this issue for the first time, or you are already well informed but are keeping up with the developing story of fracking on the Fylde you will find stimulating and challenging material here.

What is the current position of www.refracktion.com on the issue of fracking?

Well, Refracktion is not convinced by the benefits case being peddled by Cuadrilla, Ineos and the rest of the fracking companies, and is very seriously concerned that the regulatory framework is currently inadequate.

Refracktion believes that:

  • fracking would have inevitable negative impacts on our local environment and its amenity value
  • fracking would have inevitable negative impacts on our local tourism and agricultural industries
  • fracking is incompatible with the UK’s obligations for climate change mitigation

Under no circumstances should fracking be allowed to go ahead without proper regulation

  • proper regulation cannot be framed before rigorous science-based studies of environmental, human health and economic impacts have been completed.
  • these studies have not been completed in any meaningful way
  • as a result fracking must not be allowed to go ahead in the current circumstances.


Refracktion’s most recent articles:

Shaken AND Stirred

It is no news to anybody now that Cuadrilla appear to have lost control of the seismic activity at their PNR 2 well at Preston New Road.

We have now seen 128 seismic events registered by the BGS. Of these 9 have been amber level events and 9 have been red...Read More »

The Tipping Point

Today research commissioned by NERC and Natural Environment Research Council and Economic & Social Research Council showed for the first time that a clear majority of...Read More »

UKOOG pin their hopes on some shoddy scenery

Yesterday UKOOG (The UK Onshore Operators’ Group) released a  new report called “Updated shale gas production scenarios“.

A scenario is literally “that which is pinned to the scenery”  and it looks to us as though the scenery here is pretty shoddy.

First of all let’s be clear about what the report...Read More »


Since Cuadrilla stopped fracking operations at Preston New Road in December due to the seismicity which they appear to have induced there has been a relentless lobbying effort to get the 0.5 Ml (Local Magnitude) seismic Traffic Light System (TLS) limit raised.

The industry has a problem here though. Not only...Read More »

Wave 28? Wave Goodbye!

Today saw the publication of the BEIS Wave 28 public attitudes survey. The questions on fracking have remained after going missing in Wave 26, and reappearing in Wave 27 and they make grim reading for the fracking companies.

Support has nosedived to its lowest level ever – the same 13% recorded...Read More »

The toys, the pram and the minister

So this week has been quite eventful after the deceptive peace of January, where all we could see happening was a bit of patio gas helping the “flaring” at Preston New Road. The week began with a blustering threat from Ineos to the government in which multi-billionaire man-child, Jim Ratcliffe...Read More »

Mind the gap!

Today’s saw the publication of the results of the BEIS Wave 27 quarterly opinion tracker.

Some of you will remember that after a consultation in which respondents told the BEIS that the questions relating to shale gas were very important, the department immediately removed the questions from the...Read More »

A Question of Seismicity

A local resident puts the Oil and Gas Authority to the question.

Will answers be forthcoming?

Oil and Gas Authority
Cc Mark Menzies MP

4 November 2018

Dear Sir/Madam

Following the recorded seismic events near Blackpool in 2011, Cuadrilla commissioned a report into the...Read More »

Cuadrilla V The BDW Deathmatch

Today Mr Egan finally put his cards on the table. It is clear that he has not been lucky in the hand he got dealt, and neither has he played it with any great skill.

In interviews with The Times and the Financial Times...Read More »

Widening The Goalposts

In the circumstances that Cuadrilla find themselves unable to proceed without continually triggering seismic red lights the only sensible course of action is a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the Fylde and indeed in the entire country.



Go on! Tell me it came as a big surprise to you to learn...Read More »

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