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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.org 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.

Refracktion’s most recent articles:


  • More Numberwang
    In yesterday’s Sunday Express an open letter from a number of the usual suspects (Brexity types turned climate change mitigation avoiders) like Tim Martin and Lance Forman claims: The United Kingdom has enough natural gas to take back control of our energy policy at least until we have developed nuclear...
  • Igas solve the energy crisis!
    (More industry fluff!) We were tremendously excited to read in the Igas Full Year Results released on 6th April that they believe that UK shale gas will not only solve the UK energy crisis but will also deliver massive export potential. They tell us that 5 pads with just 16...
  • Pollarise everyone
    The tactics of Net Zero Watch, the shadowy group of Brexity climate change denying MPs and lobbyists hit a new low today. The results of a new poll were released in the Sun on Wednesday 6th April. Strangely the paper didn’t mention who had commissioned it, but it soon became...
  • Frankie Say….
    Today we were treated to two interviews with Francis Egan. The first was on Radio 4’s Today Programme with Justin Webb and the second was a rather testy affair with Graham Liver on Radio Lancashire. It’s fair to say that he didn’t shine in either of them. In the Radio...
  • Welcome to the new, improved Mark Menzies MP!
    It is fair to say that Mr Menzies and I have not always seen eye to eye on a raft of issues, including fracking. Today, however, I listened to his interview with Graham Liver on Radio Lancashire just after 7 am and I have to say it sounded as though...
  • Spirit having flown …
    Back in 2013 Centrica decided it would be a good idea to invest in the nascent UK shale industry. The details when they came out revealed that they would pay: £40,000,000 Paid Up front£60,000,000 Initial Carry £46,700,000 Contingent Carry payable after the flow testing of gas for six months As...
  • Riverstone runs dry
    Yesterday Cuadrilla’s parent, AJ Lucas announced that it had “approved the acquisition, effective immediately, of Riverstone’s interest in the UK shale gas explorer, Cuadrilla Resources.” What does this mean? Well Riverstone had owned 45% of Cuadrilla and had invested $US 58 Million in 2010 for equity in Cuadrilla Resources Holding...
  • Thanks, but no thanks!
    That seems to have been the general response to Cuadrilla’s parent company AJ Lucas’s attempts to winkle more cash from their beleaguered investors. The results are now in and we can see that they managed to raise a gross total of Au$28.6 million from the sale of about 440 million...
  • Please Sir! I want some more
    AJ Lucas have their bowl out again and are asking their investors for more cash. Last time they did this was back in January 2018 and we reported on that at the time. The idea of the offer is pretty straightforward – you are offered a number of shares for...
  • Would he lie to you?
    A couple of weeks ago we commented on Mr Egan’s claim that reports of damage were in the “low two figures”. It was a strange claim given that we have heard from a variety of sources that there were over 100. So what are we to make of the publication...