Category: Media

When “The Facts” simply are not the facts

When “The Facts” simply are not the facts

This week Ineos paid to have an 8 page supplement inserted into 10 Johnstone Press titles in and around the midlands. An electronic version of the supplement (which does differ from the print version can be found here) Having analysed the statements made, we have identified no less than 40...

Knowing the truth

Knowing the truth

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8-32 So what ARE we to make of @backingfracking’s lie that the Church of England is Backing Fracking? First of all they make the claim on Facebook that the “anti-fracking narrative (has been) sacrificed on the...

Do Ken Wilkinson and Lorraine Allanson have no shame?

Do Ken Wilkinson and Lorraine Allanson have no shame?

In our last post we raised the issue of the courage and dignity that was manifestly lacking in the decision made by Lorraine Allanson and Ken Wilkinson to renege on a promise to take part in a debate on fracking in Harrogate. There is no doubt about the reason they...

Same shit – different shovel! The NWETF gets a reboot

Same shit – different shovel! The NWETF gets a reboot

We learned this week that Lancashire for Shale, a new pro-shale group funded by local businesses and industry, held its launch reception yesterday evening (25th July 2016) for Lancashire firms at the White Tower restaurant in Blackpool to call on local and national decision-makers to get behind onshore natural gas...

Would YOU use the plight of the Syrian Refugees as a joke? Ken Wilkinson did.

Would YOU use the plight of the Syrian Refugees as a joke? Ken Wilkinson did.

The internet has been loaded with images of dead children on beaches and many of us are questioning our own country’s response (or lack of it) to this crisis. Nearly a quarter of a million people have signed the Independent’s petition saying that “Britain must accept its fair share of...

DECC Public Attitudes  Tracker  – Wave 14 shows support for shale dwindling

DECC Public Attitudes Tracker – Wave 14 shows support for shale dwindling

DECC Public Attitudes Tracker – Wave 14 released in August 2015 shows that public support for shale gas extraction continues to weaken. Perhaps the most significant finding is that “support for fracking appears to be linked to awareness…The only group to be more supportive are those that haven’t heard of...

Those DEFRA Redactions exposed

Those DEFRA Redactions exposed

Last night DEFRA released the previously redacted report on the impacts of fracking on the rural economy. Whilst much of the report tells us nothing we didn’t already know, what is fascinating is the extent to which the redaction illustrate the Government’s desperation to remain “on-message” as far as shale...

Cut and Run Sir?

Cut and Run Sir?

A couple of days ago I posted regarding the astroturfing efforts of the industry-funded front group the North West Energy Task Force. I was particularly interested by the claim made by local farmer, John Loftus who said: Based on the jobs it has already created around my farm, shale gas...

Pennsylvania Nein Danke!

Pennsylvania Nein Danke!

Prospectors and protesters await crucial UK fracking decision So runs the headline in today’s Financial Times above an article which begins Britain’s leading shale gas explorer Cuadrilla has cited rural Pennsylvania in the US, home to America’s “fracking” revolution, as a model for Lancashire where it hopes within days to...

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...