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 The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

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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.

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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).

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true gripes bottled water

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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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