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Protests force OMV to shelve shale-drilling plans

Protests over the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) have derailed, at least temporarily, OMV’s plans to explore for shale gas in southern Austria

Public unease over fracking has grown over the past six months. In an attempt to allay fears, the Austrian company said it would delay drilling until environmental studies are completed. “OMV takes the population’s concerns regarding an evaluation of Austria’s shale-gas potential very seriously,“ the company said in a statement. It added that it would “await the results of the environmental and social impact assessment studies from Austrian Bundesumweltamt and TÜV. For the time being, we will not submit any project applications to the relevant authorities,“ referring to studies being carried out by the federal environmental agency and an independent safety consultancy group. A company spoke

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