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Gas bubbles fuel fire on surface of Australian river

By Ben Hooper
Gas bubbles fuel fire on surface of Australian river
Flames on the surface of the Condamine River fueled by bubbling methane. Photo by Jon Jenkyn/Facebook

CHINCHILLA, Australia, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- An Australian man captured photos of flames on the surface of the Condamine River, which has experienced mysterious methane bubbling for nearly four years.

Jon Jenkyn posted photos to Facebook showing the Condamine River's surface on fire near Chinchilla, where methane first started bubbling to the surface in 2012.

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Jenkyn blamed the bubbling methane on a gas leak from underground coal mining or fracking, but the Queensland government said the cause remains under investigation.

"Geological complexity and the requirement to gather and analyze surface and subsurface data make this a long-term investigation," a spokesman for Queensland's Department of Natural Resources and Mines told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

For those that have watched the ABC tonight and wonder if it is flammable and the river has no real smell or to me like fish etc

Posted by John Jenkyn on Sunday, February 14, 2016

Jenkyn previously shared video of the bubbling surface of the river.

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Thought folks might like to see a close up of the Condamine river Western downs Queensland 3 hours from the very top of the Murray/ Darling bet you are glad you don't live south of here or produce food when the fracking really starts

Posted by John Jenkyn on Friday, January 22, 2016

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