Fracking activity turns river into raging FIRE in shocking video from Australia
(NaturalNews) An amazing and, if legitimate, shocking, video out of Australia that is going viral purports to show someone lighting methane gas on fire in an river near a fracking operation.
The video (which you can see here) was reportedly shot in Queensland, where gas was reportedly bubbling up through the Condamine River.
"A RIVER ON FIRE! Gas explodes from Australian river near fracking site. I was shocked by force of the explosion when I tested whether gas boiling through the Condamine River, Qld was flammable. So much gas is bubbling through the river that it held a huge flame," said Greens Party MP Jeremy Buckingham in a short narrative posted online April 22, after he lit the gas afire.
"There has been concern that fracking and extraction of coal seam gas could cause gas to migrate through the rock. Not only is it polluting the river and air, but methane is an extremely potent heat trapping gas. Fugitive emissions from the unconventional gas industry could be a major contributor to climate change and make gas as dirty as burning coal," the narrative continued.
"Gas first started bubbling though the river shortly after the coal seam gas industry took off in the Chinchilla area. Since then the volume of gas bubbling through the river has massively increased and has spread along the river," said the narrative, adding that the Queensland government marked each gas seep with a stake (visible along the banks in the video) near where the fracking company, Origin Energy, set up gas monitoring equipment.
No adequate protections
Hydraulic Fracturing, or fracking for short, is a well-stimulation method that uses high-pressure liquid to fracture rock so that trapped natural gas and oil can flow more freely. While the so-called "fracking revolution" has dramatically boosted the supply of fossil fuels around the world – and in particular the U.S. and Canada, thereby driving down prices – the practice remains controversial everywhere it is being used.
Natural gas drillers exploit government loopholes, ignore decades-old environmental protections, and disregard the health of entire communities. "Fracking," a violent process that dislodges gas deposits from shale rock formations, is known to contaminate drinking water, pollute the air, and cause earthquakes. If drillers can't extract natural gas without destroying landscapes and endangering the health of families, then we should not drill for natural gas.
"No state has adequate protections in place. Even where there are rules, they are poorly monitored and enforced. Thanks to the multiple federal exemptions, we can't even count on the federal government to keep us safe," said Allison Chin, Sierra Club president, July 28, 2012, at the Stop the Frack Attack rally.
"No industry, no matter how wealthy or powerful, can withstand the righteous passion of the American people," she continued. "The out-of-control rush to drill has put oil and gas industry profits ahead of our health, our families, our property, our communities, and our futures. If drillers can't extract natural gas without destroying landscapes and endangering the health of families, then we should not drill for natural gas."
In an interview with RT, Buckingham laid the blame for the bubbling gas squarely on fracking and the energy company involved.
"They have thousands of gas wells around this river, around this site. They drill, they frack, but the gas isn't just flowing up their gas wells, it's coming through the ground," he said, adding that Origin Energy "should be condemned for polluting one of our most important rivers."
Defenders of the practice include Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who said called natural gas a "bridge fuel" in a recent debate against her only opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
"What we need to do to go from where we are, where the world is heavily dependent on coal and oil, but principally coal, to where we need to be, which is clean renewable energy, and one of the bridge fuels is natural gas," she said in mid-April, as reported by Bloomberg News.
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GENeco, part of the Wessex Water group of companies, has a launched a six-month trial running a VW Beetle on methane gas derived from the sewage treatment process at its Bristol works in Avonmouth.
The 'Bio-Bug' is running on waste flushed down the toilet of homes in Bristol to see if methane from sewage sludge could be used as an alternative energy source to power company cars without affecting performance.
With the support of the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), GENeco, has invested in a newly developed methane purification plant and other specialist equipment to supply the converted Beetle with fuel.
GENeco said waste from the toilets of just 70 homes would be enough to power the Bio-Bug for a year, based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles. If the trial is successful, the company said other vehicles in the GENeco/Wessex Water fleets and businesses in the Avonmouth area could be converted to the low carbon fuel.
"Our site at Avonmouth has been producing biogas for many years which we use to generate electricity to power the site and export to the National Grid," said Mohammed Saddiq, GENeco's general manager.
"With the surplus gas we had available we wanted to put it to good use in a sustainable and efficient way."
Producing the biogas
To produce the biogas, sewage sludge is converted to methane using anaerobic digestion (AD) technology, a process in which bugs in the absence of oxygen break down biodegradable material to produce methane.
The biogas is then upgraded by removing the carbon dioxide in a special purification plant.
SWRDA has invested £32,000 in the project, which has helped GENeco acquire the specialist equipment that also includes a pressurisation unit, storage units for the compressed gas, and a tool to supply the converted vehicle with fuel.
Claire Gibson, director of Sustainable Resources at the SWRDA, said: "We have invested in a range of emerging low carbon technologies and renewable energy fuel types such as this to ensure the South West is well positioned to take advantage of this growing market.
GENeco is planning to increase the amount of biogas it produces at its Avonmouth site by converting food waste into biomethane.
"It won't be long before further energy is produced when food waste is recycled at our sewage works," said Saddiq. "It will mean that both human waste and food waste will be put to good use in a sustainable way that diverts waste from going to landfill."
The company said that if all the biogas produced at Avonmouth was converted to run cars it would avoid around 19,000 tonnes of CO2.
Showing the way
In the UK, the practice of running cars off biogas produced from human waste has yet to take off, but in Sweden more than 11,500 vehicles already run on biomethane produced from sewage plants.
Last week, British Gas announced it was involved in a project to convert human waste at the Didcot sewage process works into biogas.
Commenting on the Bio-Bug trial, the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) said the project demonstrated the many benefits of AD.
"Biomethane cars could be just as important as electric cars, and the water regulator Ofwat should promote the generation of as much biogas as possible through sewage works in the fight against climate change," said ADBA chairman Lord Rupert Redesdale.
Turning waste water from coffee farms into biogas cuts down on pollution and provides sustainable energy. Is there a catch?
Mira-Bai Simon in Amsterdam
Coffee is the second most-valuable commodity in the world and in the year 2010 global consumption reached 8bn kg. However, many of us may not consider the negative environmental impact around the morning cup of coffee we rely on to start the day.
Waste water generated from coffee wet-mill processing, which uses large amounts of water to remove the fruit of the seed, is often discharged untreated into the environment. This process pollutes ground water, basins and soils and affects rural communities’ drinking water, as well as local fauna and flora, and marine life in coastal areas. What’s more, it has also been discovered that coffee waste water generates a considerable amount of greenhouse gases, particularly methane.
But coffee waste water is rich in organic matter, which can be used to generate energy via anaerobic decomposition.
At present, the negative environmental impacts of waste water are not considered in the cost of coffee, and neither are the economic benefits that extracting its energy potential could bring. Newly developed processes for generating energy from coffee waste water treat the fluid by-product to ensure that it re-enters the biosphere without causing damage. These processes essentially create a circular economy.
Latin America produces around 70% of the world’s coffee and is home to 31% of all freshwater resources. Despite the region’s water wealth – rivers, lakes and subterranean aquifers – there are no effective national management plans for water resources, which continuously suffer deterioration due to human activity. Seven million people still have limited or no access to electricity across the region.
coffee wastewater biogas Fátima Blandón cooks with biogas created by organic matter from coffee wastewater in Yali, Nicaragua. Photograph: UTZ Certified
In 2010, UTZ Certified, an international certification programme for sustainable agriculture, decided to implement the Energy from Coffee Wastewater project in Central America, aiming to generate energy, tackle climate change, and protect ecosystems.
The project has been implemented in a range of differently-sized farms in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, using tailor-made coffee waste water treatment systems. Bio-digesters were installed to generate biogas by decomposition of the organic matter. In small and medium-sized coffee facilities, farmers were able to use the biogas created to power stoves for cooking. In avoiding the release of polluted water into the surroundings, odours and pests are kept at bay and the local biodiversity is protected. What’s more, by substituting firewood, farmers benefit from healthier indoor environments and help to reduce deforestation in their area. At large-scale facilities the biogas is used as fuel to power de-pulping machinery, water pumps, and for drying coffee beans.
According to the WWF’s future energy scenario – which suggests that it is possible to reach 100% of renewable supply by 2050 – bioenergy generation not only meets the remaining energy demand after using other renewable options but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 85%.
Lessons learned from the project have been reflected in the UTZ Certified’s code of conduct – a set of guidelines for obtaining a certification for sustainable agriculture, with the aim of promoting better practices in other coffee producing countries.
Transforming coffee waste water into energy is not yet an attractive business case for the farmer or for the industry since it is considered to be a high investment without a profitable return in the short term. For this reason, these projects are funded by third-parties such as the Dutch ministry of economic affairs.
Coffee production engages over 100 million people around the world and according to the latest Coffee Barometer the effects of climate change make its future totally unpredictable. While making coffee sustainable triggers immediate benefits for people, the surrounding environment and, in the longer term, the industry, its unpredictable future means it may not be the answer to the energy crisis. It is, however, an available solution to transform potential pollutants into opportunities.
In order to succeed, these types of projects must be driven by the mutual interest of governments and all actors involved along the coffee supply chain. In this way, a circular economy in which waste is viewed as an asset, and natural resources are protected, may become the norm.
Mira-Bai Simón is PR officer at UTZ Certified. Follow @UTZCertified on Twitter.
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the right to farm organically - australian farmer fights monsanto in landmark seed contamination s...
The Right To Farm Organically – Australian Farmer Fights Monsanto in Landmark Seed Contamination Suit
Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Across the globe, farmers who choose to plant non-genetically modified seed instead of patented seed varieties from the agro-chemical giants like Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and BASF, are being forced out of business by the burden and costs of fighting seed patent lawsuits.
Targeting farms who do not pay ‘technology fees’ for patented seed crops growing on their property that they may never have planted, the seed companies have for years been waging a trade war against traditional farmers. By contaminating non-genetically modified (GM) crops with patented seeds by wind drift and carelessness, the seed companies have found a way to drive competition out of business using the high costs of the legal system. Simply dispatch a team of lawyers to search for contamination, and sue until the farm goes under.
In Western Australia, organic farmer Steve Marsh is asking the world for immediate help as he engages in a landmark battle against the seed giants. Neighboring farms had chosen to plant genetically modified and patented canola seed which contaminated Marsh’s farm, although Marsh had never purchased nor planted Genetically-Modified seed. Being an organic farm, this meant the first financial blow was the loss of his organic certification, which is extremely difficult and expensive to obtain and maintain:
“In 2010 he lost his organic certification when Genetically-Modified canola from next door jumped the fence and contaminated 70% of his farm. In a world first, he is suing his Genetically-Modified neighbour for damages and if he wins he not only protects his right to grow clean GM free organic food, he also protects our rights to eat GM free foods.” [Source]
Now he is facing financial ruin as the seed companies press forward with technology patent suits against, and has chosen to try a unique approach in his defense, suing his neighbor losses incurred on behalf of contamination.
This case is unique for the world because Marsh has decided to sue another farm for damages as a result of his farm being contaminated. If his case against the other farm is won, it will signal a shift in how farmers may be able to fight against the monopolistic tactic of seed patent suits. If farmers who plant GM seed are aware that they may face litigation for contaminating their neighbors, then this would give GM farmers another reason not to plant genetically modified and chemical dependent crops.
Pro GM lobbying groups are offering financial and public relations support to the neighbor in this battle, and Marsh is asking the world to help him to finance this bout against GMOs and the corporate seed giants:
The practice of suing farmers whose fields have been undesirably contaminated by neighboring crops or even passing farm vehicles has been growing in the last couple of decades. Recently, the comedy team at The Daily Show took up this issue in a satirical piece about Monsanto patent lawyers and their outright and obvious attempts to totally control the international seed trade by ensuring that every farm who is not intentionally using GM seed is put out of business.
While satirical in presentation, this clip captures the diabolical madness of this trend and shows how generations old farms are being wiped out completely in a matter of years by hurling corporate lawyers and endless legal funds at legitimate, underserving farmers:
While the debate about the safety of GM foods carries on, behind the scenes the seed giants are still extending their global market share, by hook or by crook. Within a short number of years the safety debate may very well become a moot point as seed diversity and organic farming simply become a thing of the past, wiped out by the legal argument that seed, the very essence of life on earth, can be controlled and patented by corporations.
Back in 2008, CBS News ran this similar report about genetically modified soy contamination and the process of being targeted by Monsanto for doing absolutely nothing wrong, immoral or illegal:
Monsanto, of course, views genetic modification of seed as critical to the future of humanity, and seed patents are an important means of making this leap towards feeding the world’s growing population. From a business standpoint patenting a product that required significant investment in research and development makes sense. But lacking in this argument from Monsanto is any connection to the real world potential for seed pollen to drift and contaminate other farms, and also lacking is any explanation for the global legal push to drive so many farmers totally out of business.
Watch the following Monsanto PR video explaining their position on the importance of seed patents:
This is the biblical struggle of David versus Goliath all over again, and organic farmer Steve Marsh needs the world’s support as his case goes to court in February in the Western Australia Supreme Court. Please share this story far and wide and visit the following pages: