River on Fire – level 3
Water is usually used to put out fire, but shockingly, here, this river is turned into flames.
Australian lawmaker, Jeremy Buckingham, set Queensland’s Condamine River on fire to show the apparent impact of the coal seam gas industry and fracking operations nearby.
In the video, the Greens MP can be seen putting a lighter to the river, which ignites a huge flame.
“Holy f…! Unbelievable, a river on fire!”
Clearly shocked, it seems he wasn’t expecting that result.
According to Buckingham, methane gas was first discovered in the Condamine River in 2012 where gas wells had been drilled by three companies nearby. And he wants to put a stop to it.
“Sometimes a picture says a thousand words. Have a look at this. The Condamine River in Southwest Queensland on fire, the fracking just a kilometre away, methane coming up, and now the river is alight! Unbelievable, the most incredible thing I’ve seen, a tragedy in the Murray-Darling Basin!”
An undoubtedly shocking sight, which environmentalists say carries an even more shocking message.
Difficult words: apparent (evident, visible), impact (an effect), coal seam gas (a type of gas which is mostly the methane gas), fracking (putting a liquid in the ground to make gas or oil come out), ignite (to start), huge (very big), MP (a member of parliament), alight (on fire).
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