Viral Video Of Water On Fire Reveals A Natural Gas Leak In China
Residents in a natural gas-producing northeastern Chinese province have made a video of tap water being set on fire with a lighter—a video that went viral— prompting an investigation by local authorities and a shutdown of the water supply to part of a city because natural gas had leaked into the groundwater.
Videos of tap water in the city of Panjin, in China’s Liaoning province, surfaced on Chinese social media and became so popular that the story was picked up by the People’s Daily, a Chinese state-affiliated media outlet.
Chinese authorities said that after a “comprehensive investigation of the tap water sources in the whole district, no such problems have been found in other areas.”
The Liaoning province has natural gas reserves, and last year in November, a unit of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)— Liaohe Oilfield—started construction of an $8.5-billion gas storage project in the city of Panjin, which would be the biggest underground natural gas storage center in northeast China.