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.
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.