An amazing and, if legitimate, shocking, video out of Australia that is going viral purports to show someone lighting methane gas on fire in an river near a fracking operation.
The video (which you can see here) was reportedly shot in Queensland, where gas was reportedly bubbling up through the Condamine River.
“A RIVER ON FIRE! Gas explodes from Australian river near fracking site. I was shocked by force of the explosion when I tested whether gas boiling through the Condamine River, Qld was flammable. So much gas is bubbling through the river that it held a huge flame,” said Greens Party MP Jeremy Buckingham in a short narrative posted online April 22, after he lit the gas afire.
“There has been concern that fracking and extraction of coal seam gas could cause gas to migrate through the rock. Not only is it polluting the river and air, but methane is an extremely potent heat trapping gas. Fugitive emissions from the unconventional gas industry could be a major contributor to climate change and make gas as dirty as burning coal,” the narrative continued.
“Gas first started bubbling though the river shortly after the coal seam gas industry took off in the Chinchilla area. Since then the volume of gas bubbling through the river has massively increased and has spread along the river,” said the narrative, adding that the Queensland government marked each gas seep with a stake (visible along the banks in the video) near where the fracking company, Origin Energy, set up gas monitoring equipment.