This video from New Zealand is called Raw video: Robot camera inside Pike River mine.
While the bodies of the 29 men killed in New Zealand’s Pike River mine remain trapped inside, a former miner there has spoken out, insisting that the disaster was caused by the company’s neglect of workers’ safety: here.
New Zealand police commissioner Howard Broad announced on Thursday that efforts to recover the remains of 29 miners killed in the Pike River coal mine in a series of explosions last November are to be abandoned. Rescue staff have been battling for nearly two months to stabilise dangerous gases and temperatures following the disaster: here.
Families of miners killed in a methane explosion at the Pike River mine last November denounced successive New Zealand governments over appalling safety standards: here.
Financial “issues” may have led mine bosses to overlook design shortcomings at New Zealand’s Pike River mine before an explosion killed 29 workers at the facility last year, an energy executive testified today: here.
The former chief inspector of New Zealand’s coalmines said today he had repeatedly warned bosses at the Pike River mine of serious ventilation problems before last year’s explosion that took 29 lives: here.
Experts provided further evidence that 29 miners lost their lives because Pike River Coal sacrificed their safety on the altar of corporate profits: here.
New Zealand: Pike River Coal ignored mine safety warnings: here.
VLI Drilling pleaded guilty in the Greymouth District Court on July 31 to three charges of health and safety failures before the 2010 Pike River mine disaster, which killed 29 men. VLI, a subsidiary of Valley Longwall International, had been contracted by Pike River Coal (PRC) to conduct exploratory in-seam drilling at the mine: here.
The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to Anna Osborne, whose husband Milton died in the November 2010 Pike River Coal mine disaster. Twenty-nine men were killed when a methane gas explosion tore through the mine, located on the remote West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Almost two years later, the bodies have still not been recovered, despite the National Party government’s promises that this would be done: here.
Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) appeal against plan for open-cast coal mine: here.
USA: Forty-eight coal miners were killed on the job last year, the highest toll since 1992. Hundreds of other miners have died from black lung and other respiratory diseases: here.
Excess coal dust is blamed for West Virginia mine disaster: here.