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Ex-Environment Agency head to lead industry-funded fracking task force

Former Environment Agency chair Lord Chris Smith copyright The Environment Agency

Lord Chris Smith appointed to lead two year study into 'good and bad' impacts of shale gas exploration

21 Oct 2014

New Environment Agency chairman has fracking links

fracking shale gas site

Sir Philip Dilley was previously chairman of engineering firm that wrote environmental reports on fracking for Cuadrilla

23 Jul 2014

Maps show fracking risk to drinking water

Greenpeace fracking protestors erect a drilling rig outside council offices in Preston - photo Steve Morgan Greenpeace

British Geological Survey and the Environment Agency publish data showing proximity of shale deposits to major aquifers

04 Jul 2014

Allow fracking in national parks, says Environment Agency chief

Chris Smith, EA's outgoing chairman, dismisses campaigners' claims over impact when process 'done properly'

30 Jun 2014

Former Arup chief Philip Dilley poised to take up role as Environment Agency chair

Dilley named preferred candidate to replace outgoing chair Lord Smith

09 Jun 2014

Could shale gas help the climate change fight?

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey says shale gas exploration will not compromise investment in renewables and can have a limited impact on the environment if done in the right way

28 Apr 2014

Waste crime 'costing UK over £800m a year'

Waste industry report says more funding is needed to tackle fly-tipping, illegal waste sites, and growing "culture of criminality"

04 Mar 2014

Environment Agency suspends job cuts to cope with floods

But agency confirms redundancy programme will recommence once floods have subsided

14 Feb 2014

New anaerobic digestion standards promise market boost

Environment Agency publishes Quality Protocol designed to make it easier for biogas projects to sell fertiliser by-products

12 Feb 2014

UK floods: David Cameron tells ministers to stop the blame game

Prime minister's warning to cabinet comes as flooding threatens yet more homes

11 Feb 2014

Government descends into civil war as flood threat escalates

Environment Agency and government trade blows as swathes of southern England face severe flood warnings

10 Feb 2014

Why Cameron is wrong to get so defensive about flooding

The government's response to warnings tough choices need to be made on flood protection reveals how dysfunctional its climate adaptation efforts have become

07 Feb 2014

Government pledges £130m for flood defence repairs, but long-term spending plans unchanged

Communities Secretary announces new funding for clean-up, but fails to mention escalating climate risks

06 Feb 2014

Environment Agency chair warns of “difficult choices” on flood protection priorities

Lord Smith warns "there are no quick fixes in the face of this kind of extreme rainfall"

03 Feb 2014

Green gas sector handed timely regulation boost

Environment Agency's new Quality Protocol for biomethane set to simplify costly regulations for producers

31 Jan 2014

Online waste system set to save companies £8m a year

Environment Agency's new Electronic Duty of Care portal avoids need to print and store 23 million waste transfer notes a year

30 Jan 2014

Owen Paterson defends Environment Agency budget cuts as floods hit UK again

Defra insists budget cuts to Environment Agency will not reduce Britain's resilience to extreme weather events

06 Jan 2014

Unions warn of rising flooding risk in wake of Environment Agency job losses

GMB, Prospect, UNISON, and Unite mount campaign to oppose "short-sighted austerity measures"

26 Nov 2013

Environment Agency: 2012 flooding cost UK economy up to £600m

Businesses urged to take steps to minimise flooding risk, as new figures suggest last year's floods caused £84m of damage to commercial properties

25 Nov 2013

Poll: Only a fifth of people think government is 'greenest ever'

New report warns government progress on natural environment policies is faltering

19 Nov 2013

Environment Agency set to shed 15 per cent of workforce

Organisation confirms 1,700 jobs are to be lost over 12 months following budget cuts

28 Oct 2013

Anything but fine

The desultory fines handed out to water companies that breach environmental rules are part of a much wider problem

06 Aug 2013

Revealed: how UK water companies are polluting Britain's rivers and beaches

Utilities face 'pitiful' fines despite huge profits, with sewage spills cited as causing particular distress

05 Aug 2013

Defra aims to save firms £1bn by cutting "green tape"

Businesses urged to give their views on how environmental compliance information could be made easier to find

17 May 2013

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