Category: Information Level – Medium

Another hilarious lesson in why you should pick your advocates carefully

Another hilarious lesson in why you should pick your advocates carefully

Well the pro-frackers are treating us to a succession of “car-crash” interviews of late aren’t they? Last week it was The Rambling Reverend scaremongering about imminent blackouts if we don’t get fracking underway (ignoring the slight logical problem that an industry which wouldn’t in any circumstances be able to contribute...

The Infrastructure Bill debate

The Infrastructure Bill debate

So what happened yesterday? Well first of all we were treated to a report from the Commons Environmental Audit Committee. This hard-hitting report was hugely critical of fracking. It made it abundantly clear that fracking was incompatible with the UK’s obligations towards climate change mitigation. The full text of its...

A hilarious lesson in why you should pick your advocates carefully

A hilarious lesson in why you should pick your advocates carefully

On Thursday 22nd January Lancashire County Council announced that it’s officers had recommended rejection of Cuadrilla’s 2 applications for development wells in Roseacre and Preston New Road. Local media went into something of a frenzy getting reactions from Cuadrilla and from the various anti-fracking groups. In the interests of balance...

Cuadrilla granted permits by the EA

Cuadrilla granted permits by the EA

So we learned today that Cuadrilla have been granted their environmental permit which was need to allow them to extract shale gas at their proposed site at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton (For the exploratory well – not production). We knew back in November that the EA were minded to...

Calling Planet Lawson

Calling Planet Lawson

Hello? Is there anybody there? What’s it like in your parallel universe Nigel? We read in Hansard that arch climate shale denier and shale gas supporter Lord Lawson of Blaby said “We have now had a reply from DECC, which is the most complacent reply I have ever seen from...

The FT refutes the IOD job predictions citing new evidence from AMEC

The FT refutes the IOD job predictions citing new evidence from AMEC

A while back we published a critique of the Institute of Directors predictions that fracking would result in 74,000 jobs. https://www.refracktion.com/index.php/dan-byles-and-the-74000-jobs-joke/ We argued that the basis of the calculations was childishly simplistic, and we asked how an MP like Dan Byles could put his name to supporting them. We were...

The BBC – Fracking Rubbish

The BBC – Fracking Rubbish

Today the BBC put out a programme on Radio 4 – Inside Science – which claimed to get inside the science of fracking. It was terrible. Sloppy journalism and bad science. The list of badly reported programmes on fracking is long and ignoble – Iain Stewart’s Horizon programme springs to...

You’d think you could trust the Royal Society

You’d think you could trust the Royal Society

Of all the scientific institutions which grace our land you’d think that the Royal Society would set a standard for academic rigour which would be unimpeachable. Cuadrilla would like you to believe so. They set great store by the Royal Society’s Report “Shale gas extraction in the UK: a review...

Could this kill off UK fracking?

Could this kill off UK fracking?

Horizontal wells – the implications for landowners. How much it will be worth for farmers to lease their land for fracking is still an unknown in the UK, but it’s clearer what will happen for landowners whose acreage is undermined by horizontal wells. If the frackers are crafty and never...

Shale Gas and UK Parliament

Shale Gas and UK Parliament

Parliament Today on Radio 4 last Friday had a segment on shale gas. As always it is interesting to see how our elected representatives disport themselves whilst “looking after our interests”. Play -> Parliament Today R4 Treasury Secretary, Danny Alexander does an impression of the unpopular schoolboy trying to ingratiate...