Minister offers little comfort to victims of petrol pollution

Britain's petrol retailers are coming under the environmental spotlight as evidence accumulates of soil and groundwater pollution caused by leaks from storage tanks. But Lancashire householders whose homes were contaminated by a massive leak from a service station were offered little immediate solace by the Government during an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on 19 May.

The debate came just three weeks after Shell disclosed that one-third of its petrol stations have soil or groundwater pollution problems. The company has called for a "green levy" on petrol to pay for clean-up measures at service stations (ENDS Report 219, pp 4-5 ).

Opening the debate, Colin Pickthall (Lab, L

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