Did this river in Australia catch fire because of fracking?
What would you do if you set a river on fire?
Jeremy Buckingham, an Australian politician, has blamed fracking after he accidentally set fire to the Condamine river in Queensland.
That's probably what we would do, too.
Locals had reported seeing bubbles in the river and it was being investigated by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.
The river is really close to a gas well and Buckingham believes the methane is seeping into the river because of fracking.
— Jeremy Buckingham (@greensjeremy) April 23, 2016
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) April 23, 2016
Buckingham went to a spot near Chinchilla to check out the leak for himself.
Scientists said it was unlikely the leak was due to fracking and the amount of gas seeping into the river has actually increased in the past year.
— Z (@ZSpecialUnit) April 23, 2016
One professor thinks it could be because of changes in the flow of the river.
“The presence of the industry there has not caused that crack to occur or that fault to occur, it’s been there for aeons. The gas has probably been coming to the surface there for as long as people have been there.”
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