Tom Brake has joined Lib Dem Peer Lynne Featherstone in condemning the landmark decision by the Government to overturn a local council decision and approve fracking.
The decision by the government overturned the wishes of the residents of Lancashire and means that fracking will be permissible in the area from 2017. The move has sparked outrage from local campaign groups and environmentalists. Lancashire Council had rejected the initial application over concerns about noise and visual impact.
Liberal Democrat Climate and Energy Spokesperson Lynne Featherstone said:
“This decision sets a very dangerous precedent, with the government riding roughshod over the will of the local people. Fracking poses a huge risk to our countryside, environment and efforts to tackle climate change, we must continue to fight it at every turn.”
Tom Brake, Carshalton and Wallington MP added:
“When the rest of the world is moving towards low carbon, this Conservative government is taking us in completely the wrong direction and is showing a flagrant disregard for the future of our planet and our climate. Investment in sustainable and renewable energy alternatives is the only safe way forward.”