Condamine River, Warwick, QLD. Wikimedia Commons / Cgoodwin
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Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham used a kitchen lighter to ignite bubbles of methane in the Condamine River in Queensland, about 220 km (140 miles) west of Brisbane.Australia is a major gas exporter, but the controversial fracking industry has faced a public backlash in some parts of the country over fears about the environmental impact.The Murray-Darling Basin is a river network sprawling for one million square km (400,000 square miles) across five Australian states.But the industry has said the practice is safe and that coal seam gas mining is a vital part of the energy mix as the world looks for cleaner fuel sources.
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