News Cuadrilla operated drill site in Balcombe, West Sussex. The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.

Letter : Water investment

Sir: Your quip about "the disastrous performance" of some of the privatised water companies (leading article, 26 April) simply cannot be allowed to pass.

Fear of cholera epidemic as the clean-up begins

Monrovia (Reuter) - A huge clean-up began yesterday after two weeks of fighting with health workers battling to contain outbreaks of disease.

Letter: High price of techno-farming

Sir: The costly side-effects of agrotechnical farming and the adulteration of our food go even deeper than your coverage acknowledges ("Can British farming go green?", 9 April).

Letter: Price of water in the North-west

From Ms Helen Jackson, MP

Water chief quits as firm faces a second inquiry

The Government's Drinking Water Inspectorate is to investigate South West Water after contamination at a major treatment works last summer caused nearly 600 people to fall ill.

Regulator demands answers on standards


Critical report into nuclear dump cut short


Water. It was wet. It came from the sky ...

Trevor Newton, the chief executive of Yorkshire Water, has advised his drought-hit customers to do as he does and skip baths and showers. What will he think of next? Let's leap forward nine months and see what Mr Newton and his team have come up with

Daughter was close to death

Sally Allen's intuitive decision to check on her three-year-old daughter Nikita saved the girl from choking on her own vomit. Nikita, who has a hole in her heart, had suffered a convulsion brought on after being infected by cryptosporidium, writes Michael Prestage.

Village springs to defence of its water supply


Gummer demands study of water waste inyes


true gripes bottled water

Wherever I look these days I see people clutching bottles of water. They don't seem to be able to go anywhere without them. These bottles always have a label claiming that they contain mineral water or spring waters and cost vast sums of money.

IN BRIEF: Tap water `improves'

Tap water `improves'

Law Report: Water company promise sufficient; 7 June 1995

Regina v Secretary of State for the Environment, ex parte Friends of the Earth Ltd and another. - Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Balcombe, Lord Justice Roch and Lord Justice Pill). 25 May 1995.
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