Chamchamal Fire Well in Chamchamal, Iraq

Iraqi Kurdistan is incredibly rich in oil and natural gas. So much so, in some places it is just leaking out.

Just outside the town of  Chamchamal, a water well flowing with methane gas has been continually ablaze, the fire burning for more than two years now.

The well was dug in 2015 to irrigate a nearby farm. Since then, the fire has been consuming about 2,200 liters of gas per day, causing health and environmental concerns in the area. The root of the problem are the old wells dug for...

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