A video showing footage of the recent collapse of the Cadia gold mine northern tailings dam has gone viral on social media with over 50,000 views within in less than 24 hours, indicating great public concern about the potential for long term pollution problems in the Lachlan River if the toxic mine tailings are not contained.
NSW Greens mining spokesman, and former Orange City Councillor, Jeremy Buckingham made a one and a half minute video at the site of the Cadia mine in which he described the collapse as an “environmental disaster brought about by corporate greed and stupid governments” and suggested that taxpayers will have to foot the bill for the pollution of the Lachlan catchment into the future. The video includes high quality drone footage of the dam collapse.
“The video has absolutely been going off on Facebook, with thousands of people sharing it to their friends and expressing their concerns about the potential for long term pollution problems in the Lachlan River if the toxic mine tailings are not contained. Views are still going up at a rate of knots!” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham
“This is clearly a major incident which has the potential to pollute the Belubula and Lachlan rivers if it is not contained. The patterns of regular earthquakes close to the mine suggests that there is serious potential for further collapses in future and this should be ringing alarm bells in the NSW Government.”
“I have been raising my concerns about Cadia’s operations for many years, both on Orange City Council and in parliament, but sadly the attitude from the Government and the company seems to be one of ‘she’ll be right mate, nothing to see here’. Cadia seem most interested in keeping their mining operations going rather than focusing on the consequences for the environment.
“The Greens are calling on the NSW Government to ensure that this doesn’t become a toxic legacy which costs taxpayers and environment.”
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