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Post by Kaere on Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:06 am

Wow!!! Yeah, that's not good...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/river-fire-australia-mp-1.3550368

An Australian MP is blaming seeping methane from a nearby fracking site for making it possible for him to set Queensland's Condamine River on fire.

Jeremy Buckingham — a Greens party MP for New South Wales — posted a video of the incident to his Facebook page on Friday. As of Saturday afternoon, it had been shared more than 50,000 times.

"Unbelievable! A river on fire. Don't let it burn the boat," he says in the video. "The most incredible thing I've seen. A tragedy in the Murray-Darling Basin."

The Murray-Darling Basin is the largest river system in southeastern Australia and a significant source of fresh water for drinking and agriculture.

Buckingham said the river burned for more than an hour. He believes the nearby coal seam gas (CSG) operations were to blame.

"This area has been drilled with thousands of CSG wells and fracked. This river for kilometres is bubbling with gas and now it's on fire," he said.

"This is the future of Australia and the Murray-Darling Basin if we do not stop the frackers who wants to spread across all states and territories ... this is utterly unacceptable."

The Greens are campaigning to ban fracking in Australia.

There have been reports of methane seeps in the Condamine River — located near Chinchilla in southwest Queensland — since 2012, triggering a series of investigations.

A report by Norwest Corporation, a scientific analysis firm, outlined several scenarios that could be contributing to the bubbling in the river. These included natural events such as drought and the recharging of aquifers after floods.

Human activity such as CSG operations and water bore drilling were the other possible contributing factors.

Professor Damian Barrett, the lead researcher into unconventional gas with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, has been monitoring the river's gas seeps.

"The isotopic signature is telling us it's coming from coal at that point in the landscape but coal is quite close to the surface and there's a naturally existing small fault line, which cuts the river at that point," he said.

Barrett said research over the past 12 months showed the rate of the gas bubbling in the river was increasing.

Origin Energy, which operates CSG wells in the district, has also been monitoring the bubbling.

"We're aware of concerns regarding bubbling of the Condamine River, in particular, recent videos demonstrating that this naturally occurring gas is flammable when ignited," a statement from the company said.

"We understand that this can be worrying, however the seeps pose no risk to the environment, or to public safety, providing people show common sense and act responsibly around them.

Origin Energy converts coal seam gas to LNG for export to Asia from Australia.

"Ongoing research has identified several scenarios that could be contributing to the seeps including the natural geology and faults (formed tens-of-millions of years ago), natural events such as drought and flood cycles as well as some human activity, which includes water bores and coal seam gas operations."
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Post by Stargate on Sun Apr 24, 2016 12:27 pm

AS WE CAN SEE, THEY KNOW HOW TO DIG UP, DIVERT, DESTROY, BUT NOT TO REPAIR, PRESERVE, PROTECT, AND ADMIT.
Sadly Kaere we hear of too many disasters one after the other in the name of greed, and all we can do is wait for the next one.

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Post by Rogue on Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:45 pm


Interesting story, I've not heard it reported here.

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Post by Kaere on Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:27 pm

I find that really surprising! People need to know their water is potentially contaminated, just look at the damage that's been done in so many parts of the world because of it. Although, I doubt our news about earthquakes and fracking are reported outside of Alberta so perhaps that's to blame? Still no excuse! Clean water is a right not a privilege imo...
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Post by Lenzabi on Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:04 am

Yep, the US is stuffed as there are thousands of Fracking wells here. They are destroying what little there is left. The resource wars are coming.

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Post by Rockhopper on Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:42 am

@Lenzabi wrote:Yep, the US is stuffed as there are thousands of Fracking wells here. They are destroying what little there is left. The resource wars are coming.

Yup. It's why Bernie and Trumpy are resonating with so many people. The PTB need to wake up before it's too late.

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Post by Stargate on Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:34 am

On the side, although I know Bernie is not going to win, he is making a measurable difference.

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Post by Rogue on Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:25 am

@Kaere wrote:I find that really surprising! ......Although, I doubt our news about earthquakes and fracking are reported outside of Alberta so perhaps that's to blame?...

Yep probably would be well through the news in Queensland.

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