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.
Here on Refracktion we are always happy to explore points of view. Local author Alan Tootill has been a commentator on fracking for many years and his in depth analysis has been immensely helpful to many of us over the years. Here he offers his thoughts on...Read More »
Today Cuadrilla announced that they are demobilising the fracking equipment at their site at Preston New Road as they will not be able to restart fracking before their existing planning permission runs out at the end of November 2019.
Take the advice of Greg Clark, ex-Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government
"Those who are prepared to organise to be more effective and more efficient should be able to reap substantially the rewards of that boldness ...
Take power now. Don’t let yourself, any longer, be ruled by someone else"
How many wells?
Click the image from more information on Cuadrilla's plans for PEDL 165
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Be a flea
"Many fleas make big dog move"
Japanese Proverb quoted by Jessica Ernst
The Precautionary Principle
When an activity or occurrence raises threats of serious or irreversible harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.