Massive water pollution bills loom for two companies

One of the biggest ever compensation claims arising out of a pollution incident is being pursued by Northumbrian anglers against a quarry in Upper Teesdale, Durham, operated by Hargreaves Quarries. The firm was fined £2,000 this month for spilling 4,000 gallons of oil which caused massive damage to aquatic life along a 35-mile stretch of the Tees last October.

The Northumbrian Water Authority, who brought the prosecution, is currently looking for an out-of-court settlement of its claim for the costs of its remedial measures. It estimates that pumping water from the Kielder reservoir to flush out the oil cost it £15,000, and additional expenses were incurred when staff had to put in 600 hours' overtime during the emergency.

But the biggest claim against the company is being made by the Tee

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