A new study has recommended that "fracking" for shale gas should only take place at least 600 metres down from channels carrying water supplies.
It says the controversial process can cause fractures in the ground that could reach nearby water sources. It's been claimed the flammable methane gas can pollute drinking water.
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Dry and pleasantly warm. Rain overnight but clearing during Sunday to drier, brighter and fresher conditions
Largely dry for the Bank Holiday weekend - worst of the weather pulling through on Saturday night into Sunday
Great walking weather this Bank Holiday weekend! Here's your outlook for the long weekend...