Is there any danger associated with the draining of the Boiling Lake?

Significant drops in water levels at the Boiling Lake may increase the potential hazards to visitors to the Boiling Lake- Valley of Desolation area due to the increased risk of small steam and gas explosions. In 1901 a small steam and gas explosion from the Boiling Lake (which was almost empty at the time), released harmful gases (probably mainly carbon dioxide, a colourless and odourless gas) and killed two people who were at the water’s edge at the time. The Valley of Desolation has seen two phreatic (steam) eruptions within recent history; on January 4th, 1880 and again on July 9th, 1997.