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 The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.

1-in-4 won't drink tap water

MORE THAN one in four people in England and Wales refuse to drink tap water - and more than half are not fully satisfied with its quality.

Whimpers from our watchdogs who do not bark

YEARS ago, I came across a study measuring the time a journalist gave to assessing each of the pieces of paper that landed on his desk each day.

pounds 300,000 slap on wrist for ICI after toxic leak

BRITAIN'S biggest chemical company received its largest-ever fine in the UK yesterday, after 150 tonnes of toxic chloroform gushed out of a pipe and polluted groundwater for decades, and perhaps for centuries.

Byatt faces water review row ahead of utilities Green Paper

The water regulator, Ian Byatt, yesterday set himself on a collision course with the Government after indicating that his forthcoming price review would be less severe than the privatised water companies had feared.

Glasgow taps still cut off

More than 50,000 people in the north of Glasgow without water since last Wednesday after a diesel spill contaminated supplies, still do not know when normal service will be resumed. Some reports suggested that a phased reconnection of tap water to homes in the north of Glasgow would begin today, but it now looks as though this will happen later in the week.

Bring back... Hot water bottles

A hot water bottles is the safest of companions these days. Snuggle up to its warm sloshiness and that's proably as much attention as you are going to get in the winter from a partner.

Environment: Lead pipe poison threat to poor

Water companies will have to spend pounds 2bn replacing lead pipes in order to comply with a new European law on safe drinking water. But, says Environment Correspondent Nicholas Schoon, hundreds of thousands of people, many of them on low incomes, could still end up with water containing too much lead.

The time, The place

The Time: Autumn

Consumers: Bottled water labelled a `con'

Bottled water is "one of the greatest cons of the 20th century", due to it being "vastly overpriced" with little to "differentiate it from tap water" according to water companies.

Death calls time for an old man at Safari Bar

They had done their best to clean the Safari Bar in Likoni yesterday, but it still smelled of blood. "It was all old man's blood," said Priscilla Laeela, one of three women, all heavy with shock, who were watching over the otherwise empty premises. "He was my neighbour, my very good friend."

Rival supplier offers to cut water bills in half

Ofwat, the water watchdog, will hear today of the most ambitious plan yet to achieve genuine water competition, with an application to take over supplies for a pounds 1bn "new town" development in north Kent.

Byatt faces big fight over water bill cuts

The Environment Agency is proposing to block big cuts in water bills planned by the industry regulator and press instead for a sharp increase in spending on clean-up measures.

Dorset underground water plan

A water company is using rock strata deep beneath the sea as a new underground reservoir. It is the first time this "confined aquifer" technique has been tried in Britain. Wessex Water wants to test how well aquifer storage and recovery works in its area in case the English climate has shifted permanently, and the low rainfall of the past two years continues.

Letter: We need organic livestock, not none at all

Tony Banks ("Why all meat should be condemned", 16 March) rightly attacks modern agricultural practices. Industrial farming is implicated in all the recent food scares. Switching to a completely vegetarian society, however, would not only be no panacea but would have undesirable consequences of its own.

Water company offers pounds 10 as goodwill after bug scare

Households forced to boil their tap water for 16 days following a contamination scare are to receive just pounds 10 each as a "goodwill payment".
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