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Australian river is bubbling hot! Suspected gas leak fuels fire on water of Condamine River

Landowner John Jenkyn posted several photos online of the fire on the surface of the bubbling Condamine River. Credit: John Jenkyn via Facebook

A heated row has reached boiling point in Australia over a suspected gas leak that has left a major river increasingly flammable.

The Condamine River in the state of Queensland has been captured bubbling while the lighting of a match brought flames dancing across its surface.

The bubbles have been spotted with greater frequency as methane levels detected in the water have risen. Credit: John Jenkyn via Facebook

A leak of methane was first claimed to have seeped into the Condamine near Chinchilla in 2012.

Landowner John Jenkyn posted several photos to Facebook of a phenomenon that locals claim has intensified over the past few months.

The bubbling has been detected both upstream and downstream of the Queensland river. Credit: John Jenkyn via Facebook

The Australian government told the national broadcaster the ABC it remained unsure of what had caused the seeps following a series of investigations over the past few years.

Locals have renewed calls for Queensland officials to launch a fresh investigation to determine the cause of the bubbling.