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.
With Liz Truss’s backing fracking policy in disarray, the industry is starting to realise that that its reprieve might be rather short lived, so we are seeing a concerted (if not very successful) attempt to influence public opinion by pushing the usual buttons. Charles McAllister of industry mouthpiece UKOOG has...
Ever since we learned that the moratorium on fracking might be lifted we’ve been wondering when we’d have the pleasure of hearing Lorraine Allanson and Ken Wilkinson performing their shameless double act again. Listening to Tom Swarbrick on LBC yesterday we finally got to hear them both again when they...
Today Mark Menzies was interviewed by Radio Lancashire and asked some very pertinent questions about local consent for fracking and how it might be measured. It’s worth a listen. Please share! … Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Linkedin Related Posts:Liz Truss Struggles To Explain Local ConsentWelcome to the new,...
Net Zero Watch (a retread of The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) are not usually particularly transparent, particularly when it comes to their sources of funding as we can see here: Their motives though are though quite transparent when it comes to some of their “demands”. After all, we know...
This morning Prime Minister, Liz Truss, gave a series of car crash interviews on BBC local radio stations. Quizzed by Graham Liver on BBC Radio Lancashire, she struggled to explain what she meant by local consent and why she felt fracking should go ahead here in Lancashire. During the short...
The TLS is needed, but it is not fit for purpose and needs to be tightened up not relaxed! We last addressed this issue back in February 2019 when the fracking industry was desperately lobbying government to allow them to carry on regardless of the induced seismic activity that everyone...
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...
(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...
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...
"probably the most prolific anti frack website in the UK" - Ken Wilkinson - prominent pro-fracking activist and industry supporter (Yes we know , he doesn't know what "prolific" means does he?)
Ed Milliband on Lifting The Moratorium
“They are lifting the ban, but they cannot supply the evidence, and the British Geological Survey report published today certainly does not do it. So in the absence of the evidence, his approach is to change the safety limits.
I look forward to him and his colleagues explaining his charter for earthquakes to the people of Lancashire, Yorkshire, the midlands, Sussex, Dorset and, indeed, Somerset who will be part of his dangerous experiment. Let me tell the Conservatives that we will hang this broken promise round their necks in every part of the country between now and the next general election."
Parliament 22 September 2022
Kwasi Kwarteng Speaks!
"Additional UK production won’t materially affect the wholesale market price. This includes fracking – UK producers won’t sell shale gas to UK consumers below the market price. They’re not charities."
Twitter 7:24 AM · Feb 28, 2022
Take the advice of Greg Clark, ex-Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government
"Those who are prepared to organise to be more effective and more efficient should be able to reap substantially the rewards of that boldness ...
Take power now. Don’t let yourself, any longer, be ruled by someone else"
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr Seuss
Be a flea
"Many fleas make big dog move"
Japanese Proverb quoted by Jessica Ernst
The Precautionary Principle
When an activity or occurrence raises threats of serious or irreversible harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.