Category: Public Opinion

So shale gas is a damp squib

So shale gas is a damp squib

It was all going so well for the frackers. Report after report told us that UK shale gas was going to provide security of supply, cheaper gas, and oodles upon oodles of jobs. Doubters were caricatured as unpatriotic, Putin funded, fools who could not see the fossil fuel El Dorado...

EUR having a laugh aren’t you ?

EUR having a laugh aren’t you ?

Our old friend Ben Webster – the Times’ fracking sage – reported recently on Cuadrilla’s tests from their PNR well which were “very encouraging”. He told us: Cuadrilla said that the results were in line with estimates in 2013 by the British Geological Survey for the Bowland Shale under northern...

BEIS Wave 24 gives palliative relief to the frackers

BEIS Wave 24 gives palliative relief to the frackers

Today’s release of BEIS data for Wave 24 of their quarterly polling gives some palliative relief to the ailing UK fracking industry. It shows that the relentless slide towards single figure percentage support has been, at least temporarily, halted. The industry, however, are still a long way from reversing the...

17 pads in Lancashire? Really?

17 pads in Lancashire? Really?

Our friends over at Backing Fracking have been in PR overdrive again. This time they are trying to do some maths but they haven’t really thought it through. Desperate to show that fracking might create some jobs, but having very little to base it on, they have had to rely...

How big would your mess of pottage have to be?

How big would your mess of pottage have to be?

Cuadrilla proudly announced today that local residents, when surveyed, had indicated that they wanted the “community benefit” promised by Cuadrilla to go to their own pockets and not to other local causes. Maybe it’s hard to blame them – if you lose 7% (government estimate from the 2014 Shale Gas...

Support for Fracking Continues to Slide Towards Single Figures

Support for Fracking Continues to Slide Towards Single Figures

BEIS Wave 23 shows  almost 3 times as many now oppose fracking as support it. Support for fracking at lowest point since the survey began. Only 13% now support fracking. 36% now oppose it. Strong support down to 1% Today saw the release of the latest quarterly BEIS Public Attitudes...

Emergency measures

Emergency measures

Cuadrilla recently submitted an application to vary their planning permission at Preston New Road.   As part of this they submitted a Supporting Statement This supporting statement was approved by no less than the Chief Executive of Cuadrilla as can be seen here: In this supporting statement they made the...

Water water everywhere ….

Water water everywhere ….

In an effort to clarify the issue of where the water we drink comes from I put in an EIR request to United Utilities. It took them some time to come up with a response but here is a summary. If you live in the Fylde then your water comes...

Could imported LNG really be cheaper than UK produced shale?

Could imported LNG really be cheaper than UK produced shale?

We were struck by a graphic produced by the Frackers’ PR machine last week so we decided to do some analysis of the relative costs ourselves. The results are quite interesting. The moral of today’s story is “Don’t be taken in by simplistic and illogical memes.” Here in one graphic...

Please Police Me!

Please Police Me!

POLICING COSTS FOR PRESTON NEW ROAD MAY ALREADY HAVE TOPPED £10 MILLION MUTUAL AID COSTS ARE ESTIMATED AT OVER £1 MILLION FRACKING IN PRODUCTION COULD EAT UP HALF OF LANCASHIRE CONSTABULARY’S BUDGET FOR 20 YEARS For some time now those supporting fracking have tried to turn the narrative away from...