OIA report stated the Pike River mine drift was safe to enter a year ago. What is the real delay?

Opinion:

by Peter Petterson

It was stated last September, 2014, that an OIA report has found there is no impediment to entering the 2.3 km drift of the Pike River mine, despite the claims of the state -owned Solid Energy company. Nearly four years after the Pike River mine disaster 29 bodies remain in the mine, despite government assurances that money was no object to reclaiming the bodies.

So why won’t Solid Energy give the reasons for not re-entering.  the drift and taking equipment up the 2.3 km tunnel to test the mine for methane and other gases?  I believe equipment has actually been removed from the drift to facilitate this.

What is Solid Energy so concerned about that it ignores a government report that states it would be safe to do so. Solid Energy were not the original owners of the Pike River mine so therefore cannot be held responsible for any negligence. Pike River Coal were the original owners at the time of the disaster, four years ago.

Why won’t the Prime Minister, John key and his government put pressure on a state owned company and force them to take action over this matter? What is being covered up? Whose interests are being considered ahead of the families of the victims?

Let me reiterate that the OIA report stated the drift of the mine had been safe to enter for over a year.

The NZ public and the victims families have a right to know!

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