A politician from New South Wales,
launched a boat-trip chasing bubble trails,
In the blink of an eye,
Set the river on fire,
Methane blazed a melting gunwhale.
Story version 2
A Green party chap from Down Under,
Took a boat trip to view fracking blunders,
Lighted a river on fire,
raised his camera eye higher,
His boat melted in the methane wonder.
They say it’s mere coincidence
Fracking fissures not the cause
Fire on water
A normal event,
Methane burns hot under natural laws.
This story broke several days ago: it’s about an Australian politician who demonstrated that the Condamine River is bubbling methane. I believe, as he does, that methane bubbles are escaping from seams opened up by nearby fracking. A Guardian article lays out the controversy. To find out more about the side effects of fracking for natural gas you might be interested in this David Suzuki Foundation article.
Below is a video posted by Jeremy Buckingham, the politician who set the Condamine River on fire with a barbecue lighter.
In the two story limericks I have used The Secretkeeper Writing Prompt #34 words: Trip; Fire; River; Eye; Melt. Please note that the detail about the boat melting was inspired by the prompt rather than reported fact.
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