Pike River explosion had “origins in repealing of regulations”

Robin Hughes, the former chief inspector of coal mines told the Royal Commission into the tragedy today that "The explosion at Pike River mine..had its origins in the repealing of the Coal Mining Act and regulations in 1993." The commission is inquiring into the disaster at the West Coast coal mine in November last year which left 29 miners and contractors dead. Mr Hughes, who has over 40 years of coal mining experience, criticised mine safety changes made by [...]

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