Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, labelled the decision a ‘fantastic victory’ in spite of Government efforts to ‘force through fracking’.
She said: “This is a fantastic victory for the people of Lancashire, and the campaigners who have fought so hard to increase awareness of the dangers of fracking.
“Today’s decision proves that, in spite of all the Government’s efforts to force through fracking, local communities can prevent it from going ahead.
“Lancashire County Councillors have today set a strong example of how democracy should work – with elected politicians listening to the concerns of the people they represent. I hope the refusal of this application will open the government’s eyes to the huge opposition to fracking in this country, and help to persuade them that clean, renewable energy is where we must invest.
“The Green Party will keep campaigning until fracking is banned in the UK, and the Government commits to taking real action to tackle climate change.”
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