Tagged: Backing Fracking

So who exactly is Backing Fracking – unmasking the astro-turfers redux

So who exactly is Backing Fracking – unmasking the astro-turfers redux

It is hard to know how to react to the industry front group astroturfers, Backing Fracking, sometimes. As we have seen previously the group’s claims to represent ordinary members of the community rather than business interests are risible to say the least. Previously though the main individual posting seemed to...

Red faces – not reds under the bed

Red faces – not reds under the bed

One of the fracking PR machine’s oddest themes is that anyone who opposes fracking must be being paid by Vladimir Putin. Although this is pretty childish it is nevertheless a double pronged attack – firstly it suggests that the army of fracking protesters, who spend vast amounts of our own...

Backing Fracking joins the retreat from debate

Backing Fracking joins the retreat from debate

It is interesting that the fracking industry and its supporters like to pretend that they want to engage with people and have a proper debate about the issues. Sadly it seems that that is very seldom the case. We know all about the recent Lorraine and Ken debate debacle, with...

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For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Today’s sermon from the Church of St Michael Insanum will be based on a text from Galatians 6:7 “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” On Wednesday this week, Dr Ania Szolucha of the University of Bergen launched her peer-reviewed research paper on “The Social Futures of...

You could almost feel sorry for them

You could almost feel sorry for them

Today whoever runs the industry mouthpiece at BackingFracking, became overwrought – maybe he had been watching the webcast of the closing submissions by PNR and FoE which comprehensively demolished Cuadrilla’s grounds for appeal, or maybe he’s listened to Babs Murphy and her unconvincing submissions for too long – I know...

Can a leopard change its spots?

Can a leopard change its spots?

One of Backing Fracking’s most vocal supporters is Lorraine Allanson who runs a bed and breakfast and holiday cottage complex near Pickering. She also runs a pro-fracking Facebook group and website under the name FORGE on which she bans anyone who expresses any opinion contrary to her own. On her...

Lost in Transit – A Sad Tale

Lost in Transit – A Sad Tale

Today 250 anti-fracking protestors welcomed 40 or 50 of the fracking industry’s hopefuls and a smattering of refugees from Yorkshire to Bloomfield Road. The Police were very complimentary about the exemplary behaviour of all of those present – it was largely a good humoured event, helped along by the hilarity...

So who exactly is Backing Fracking – unmasking the astro-turfers

So who exactly is Backing Fracking – unmasking the astro-turfers

Given what I read in their carefully crafted press releases and on their social media sites, it seems that the astroturfing group which calls itself “Backing Fracking” would have you believe that they are made up of ordinary “residents” who are nothing to do with “the industry and businesses on...