Target: Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr. Anthony Lynham
Goal: End fracking that is allowing enough methane to leak into a river that it can be lit on fire.
A video showing a river being lit on fire by an anti-fracking politician in Australia has gone viral. In an attempt to show just how much methane has leaked into a nearby river, New South Wales Greens Member of Parliament Jeremy Buckingham took a boat out and set the river on fire with a barbecue lighter. In the video, Buckingham has to leap backward as the amount of flames that burst forth surprises even him.
Locals in Queensland recently noticed a strange bubbling in the Condamine River. Buckingham blamed the problem on methane gas leaking into the water courtesy of a nearby fracking operation. Fracking is notorious for leaking dangerous toxins into the environment, along with creating other issues, which kill animals and poison local citizens. Though the Australian fracking corporations have tried to claim that the methane in the river is from “natural” processes, there’s nothing natural about a river on fire.
The Queensland government claims to have been investigating this methane problem since four years ago, but nothing has been done. It’s gotten so bad that a politician had to go out and light the river on fire just to bring attention to the issue. Sign our petition to demand that fracking in the area is immediately halted so that the river can be cleared of methane.
Dear Dr. Lynham,
Recently, a video began spreading of a local politician setting the Condamine River in Queensland on fire. Apparently, there’s so much methane in this river that if you put a source of flame near the water’s surface, it will practically explode into a fireball.
Your department released a report on an investigation into this methane gas leak four years ago, but it seems that nothing has been done. Locals report that the strange bubbling has been getting worse, and Buckingham’s stunt proves that the problem is now so severe that it is clearly profoundly unsafe.
There’s only one source from which such a serious methane gas leak could come, and it’s not natural. Fracking operations are notorious for causing methane leaks and releasing other dangerous toxins into the environment. The claim by the area’s fracking companies that this amount of methane pose no risk to the environment are absurd and only bring a spotlight onto their guilt.
We demand that you turn your investigation onto the local fracking operations and have all of them immediately shut down before more damage can be done to the environment and your citizen’s water source.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson