Dear Beagle Editor, No doubt your many readers are now aware that operations at one of Australia’s largest gold mines has been temporarily suspended after a partial wall collapse at one of the tailings dams owned by Cadia Mining.The mine, located south of Orange reported the collapsed on Friday which followed two earthquakes in the area. While Australia is not a high earthquake zone there have been many recorded across the country including the South East NSW and the intensity of the historic Newcastle earthquake can not be forgotten. In spite of all the assurances given by the pro-mine experts and the approvals given by state and federal governments, who have been satisfied with the experts' advice, events such as the collapse of part of the tailings dam wall at Cadia mine at Orange, is a stark reminder to us all that such a disaster could well befall our primary source of drinking water: the Deua River Valley. A tailings dam collapse at Majors Creek and the subsequent contamination of our water supply and the environment in which it moves, would be a disaster of proportions never before seen in this shire. Name and address supplied
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