Watch a River Catch on Fire Because of Fracking

Mother Nature probably never wanted to wax a song about fire and water but when fracking gets involved, all sorts of wild stuff starts happening. This footage apparently shows a gas leak in a river near a fracking site in Australia. There’s so much gas bubbling up that it easily catches on fire and sustains the flames for a very long time.

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Jeremy Buckingham writes:

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.

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.

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Bob The Builder

Where are the journalistic standards? Absolutely no journalistic integrity is displayed in this article.

Anyone worth their salt, especially a tech/science blogger should take a skeptical attitude toward such an unprecedented claim. To the best of my knowledge (admittedly, I’m not a geological expert), there are no known cases of gas actually migrating to the surface through the fractures created deep below the Earth. The geologists I have talked to say that the probability of this happening ranges from unlikely to impossible.

On the other hand, there are plenty of other explanations for gas in water (both natural and manmade). Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Show some journalistic integrity and some scientific skepticism.