Jul 13

Pike River explosion had “origins in repealing of regulations”

Posted by Dave Griffith

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…

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Jul 7

Green Party attacks government over Pike River mine safety

Posted by Dave Griffith

NZ Green party MP Kevin Hague attacked the government over mine safety standards using a photo from inside the Pike River coal mine as evidence. The picture tabled in parliament showed a 55m vertical ladder inside the coal pit. Before safety rules were relaxed under a National government in the 1990s, mine ladders…

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