OMV assures fracking protesters on shale gas intentions

06 March 2012 15:34  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--OMV has assured green movement protesters that it will not submit any shale gas project applications to the authorities until environmental and social impact assessments have been completed and considered, the Austra-based oil, gas and petrochemicals company said on Tuesday.

Its commitment follows a pledge given in late January that any hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that forms part of possible future shale gas operations would not use chemicals.

“Our objective remains the ecologically-friendly, Austrian way of exploring shale gas [as part of making] the country energy secure,” said OMV spokeswoman Alexandra Seidl.

“For the time being, we will not submit any project application to the relevant authorities,” she added.

Anxieties that chemicals used during fracking can contaminate groundwater have been raised by environmental groups around the world, although expert opinion remains divided.

OMV said it must decide whether chemical-free fracking is viable for the exploitation of shale gas deposits in the area around Poysdorf in the Vienna Basin, located between the Alps and the Carpathian mountains.

By: Will Conroy
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