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Australian Politician Sets Methane-Laden River on Fire to Protest Fracking


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Australian Politician Sets Methane-Laden River on Fire to Protest Fracking

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

An Australian elected official set fire to a river in Queensland this weekend in an act of protest against the coal seam gas industry, stating that fracking causes methane to seep into the river.

In a video posted to his official Facebook page, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham can be seen leaning over the side of an aluminum boat on the Condamine River, touching a barbecue lighter to the water and setting it instantly ablaze.

Buckingham recoils. "A river on fire! Don't let it burn the boat."


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Don't worry. The Prime Minister of Australia is the former CEO of Goldmann-Sachs (Australia) and so Australia is in good hands.


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Reminds me of the Cuyahoga River that runs through Cleveland catching fire on at least two occasions over the years...


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Just a coincidence that this happens in rivers near to fracking, apparently.


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In New Brunswick employees of frackers were met by groups of First Nations who blockaded the road with vehicles and had their rifles and shot guns at the ready. The premier then put a moratorium on fracking. As always the First Nations with no thanks have done great service for our country.