Survey raises fears about soil pollution by petrol stations

The concern prompted in April by Shell's announcement that one-third of its petrol stations have caused soil or groundwater contamination (ENDS Report 219, pp 4-5 ) has been reinforced by a new study identifying almost 300 petrol leaks and spills which have caused ground contamination in England and Wales.

The study was carried out by a Salford University student, David Watson, who was given the research project by Warrington Borough Council following eight petrol leaks in its area between 1989-93. Two local MPs referred to his findings during a House of Commons debate in May which drew attention to the serious consequences of some petrol spills and the lack of clear civil liability rules to pay for remedial measures and provide compensation to

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