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:
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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
Following the recorded seismic events near Blackpool in 2011, Cuadrilla commissioned a report into the...Read More »
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 »
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 »
So Mr Egan is having a tough time right now as he gets wheeled in to studio after studio to explain himself about the seismicity which everyone assumes is caused by his company’s fracking operations. Maybe it’s all a bit tiring for him which may explain the fact that he...Read More »
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Natascha Engel was recently appointed as Number 10’s ‘Fracking Tsar’. Given her questionable credentials (she lost a safe Labour seat which they had held since 1935 to a Conservative anti-fracker, and then worked for Ineos) this has caused some hilarity.
However, not so much hilarity as her recent comments in the...Read More »