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Less than 1 year after the Pike River mine explosion, tonnes of concrete were poured into a ‘critically important’ air feed where miners could have gathered (Engineer)

“So while everyone thought they were gathering concrete evidence, they were, in fact, covering the evidence in concrete.”

An engineer investigating the Pike River mine disaster has claimed a mine manager pumped tonnes of concrete into a vital air feed, likely where the miners gathered after the first explosion, “completely obliterating” evidence.

Thursday marked the 10th anniversary of the 2010 coal mining accident on the West Coast which claimed the lives of 29 men.

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RELATED ARTICLE BY Dr Jacob Cohen (pdf): Murder at Pike River Mine
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Electrical engineer Richard Healey, who spent two years helping the families investigate, appeared on Newshub Nation on Saturday claiming 350 cubic tonnes of concrete was poured into the mine.

“We have the invoices for the material, 105 tonnes shipped from Australia in seven shipping containers. We have eyewitness testimony from people who put material down the shaft, the process took three days. We know that the contract which was signed to do that specified that 350 cubic metres of material would be used.”

READ MORE:

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/11/tonnes-of-concrete-poured-into-critically-important-pike-river-mine-air-feed-where-miners-could-have-gathered-engineer.html?fbclid=IwAR02S-rM6iTZRvu_OwZ3QWomiT3WOL2fgCk96g_Mxkz-1ay8plYTDYLbxDI

FURTHER INFO ON PIKE RIVER MINE COVER UP:

https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/murder-at-pike-river-mine/

VIDEOS, FROM 2019

Note, evidence that went missing, removed by a helicopter never to be seen again…

and 2010

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Pike River re-entry team to venture further into mine as WorkSafe gives green light

From tvnz (video at the link)

WorkSafe has this morning given the official Pike River re-entry team permission to move further up the mine’s drift.

The next step will see fresh air pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week and the team will move up the remainder of the 2.3km drift, beyond the 170m seal they reached some weeks ago.

Permission was needed from Worksafe to progress any further in the mine for safety reasons, which has been given today.

Sonya Rockhouse, re-entry campaigner and mother of one of the miners who died in the mine said this is what they’ve been working towards for the past nine years.

“At the end of the day, we’ve been saying it is safe for a long time and we’ve just had to wait for this process to go through. It’s really exciting,” said Ms Rockhouse.

“It vindicates what we’ve been saying all along.”

Ms Rockhouse said everyone has been waiting to get on with the job.

“We had no idea that it would end like this but its fantastic, all worth it. Morale is very high.”

On November 19, 2010, 29 men working in the mine died after an explosion at the West Coast site.

In that time, Ms Rockhouse said the families and re-entry campaign has faced a lot of negativity, even recently. She said those people should walk a mile in their shoes.

“A lot of people say it’s been nine years you need to move on, I wish I could move on that’s what we would like to be able to do but when somebody dies under normal circumstances you have a body and you get to grieve over that body and you get to go through the whole grieving process and we’ve got a huge chunk of that missing,” she said.

“”Imagine if it was your son or husband or brother.”

Today’s development comes after families of the Pike River victims travelled into the main drift on October 3.

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https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/pike-river-re-entry-team-venture-further-into-mine-worksafe-gives-green-light?fbclid=IwAR1V9gIU8XG-x1CoN2rC1IjFtvpfQQxpcpQfyySlTHdvIYl4GbZue2YB2ro

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Pike River families claim ‘vital’ evidence from mine explosion has been lost

Are we surprised at this? Hardly. A must read for info mainstream will never be telling you is Murder at Pike River Mine by Dr Jacob Cohen. The update below is from stuff.co.nz

A group representing some of the families of men who died in the Pike River Mine say critical evidence disappeared during the initial investigation.

The cover of an electrical cabinet was blown to the surface in one of the explosions that rocked the West Coast mine, north of Greymouth, in 2010, killing 29 men.

After it was photographed, Tony Forster, a former mines chief inspector now advising the Pike River families, told TVNZ he understood it was flown by helicopter to the Pike River office. Its current whereabouts are unknown.

Families of the Pike River miners say critical evidence has been lost during the initial investigation into the disaster.
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Families of the Pike River miners say critical evidence has been lost during the initial investigation into the disaster.

“It blows my mind that something as significant as that, in an area that the Royal Commission centred on, has gone missing,” he said.

READ MORE:
Pike River re-entry: Police will not be among first into mine drift
‘We’re going in’ – Government unveils decision to re-enter Pike River Mine
Pike River re-entry plan to be revealed

Sonya Rockhouse, who lost her son Ben in the disaster, said a lot of electrical equipment in the mine was not designed for mine conditions, and was unsafe. It was outrageous the cabinet piece had gone missing, she said.

“I don’t think any New Zealander wants to live in a country where 29 men die like this and then critical evidence disappears.”

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Hi all. Here is the picture of the evidence that disappeared. It’s the cover from a switch cabinet that was in the mine and was not intrinsically safe. It was photographed on the 28th of November 2010 after it was blown up the vent shaft and landed on the ground above the mine.

We have been told that it was put on a helicopter contracted by Pike River Coal and taken to the mine office. However nobody can tell us what happened to it after that.

If we find this evidence it could determine what caused the explosion that killed 29 men. There are so many questions and there is so much to uncover. This is why we must go back into Pike River and why there needs to be a full and transparent inquiry.


Efforts are ramping up to re-enter the mine. Police said last week they would not accompany the first re-entry team due to safety concerns, but would reconsider if there was a critical find, such as human remains.

A post on the ‘Stand with Pike’ Facebook page about the missing cabinet piece said finding it could determine the cause of the explosion that killed the miners.

“There are so many questions and there is so much to uncover,” the post said.

Police Assistant Commissioner Tusha Penny said she first became aware of the matter last week, and police were making enquiries.

“Police would like to hear from anyone with information which could assist us on this, or any other issue which may be relevant to the original investigation.”

Anna Osborne, whose husband Milton died at Pike, said she wanted to know why the company responsible for the mine had their hands on evidence like the missing cabinet piece.

“All I can say is it’s a good thing we fought so hard for re-entry and re-investigation, because with each day it’s clear there’s more that New Zealand needs to know.”

Police still planned to complete a full forensic examination once the drift was fully recovered.

They decided in 2013 to leave the criminal investigation open until the scene could be examined. Any new evidence would be used to determine whether charges could be laid.

Stuff

WATCH VIDEO AT THE SOURCE

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/110658993/pike-river-families-claim-vital-evidence-from-mine-explosion-has-been-lost

NZ Police prepare to re-open Pike River investigation

NOTE: see our Pike River pages for further information on the background to this disaster, particularly read the investigative report written … read the downloadable pdf ‘Murder at Pike River MIne?’ file by Dr Jacob Cohen.
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From newshub.co.nz

Police are preparing to open a new investigation into the Pike River explosion – and are open to laying criminal charges.

Newshub has learned the country’s highest-ranking investigator, Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers, was in Greymouth last week.

In addition, Police Commissioner Mike Bush has secretly met with families for the first time since NZ Police closed the case in 2013.

The new investigation is reliant on access being gained to the mine’s access tunnel or drift.

Asst Cmmr Chambers, who is responsible for investigations, and Det Supt Peter Read attended the meeting with the Pike River Recovery Agency at the New Zealand Mines Rescue at Rapahoe, just outside Greymouth last week.

The pair with Pike River families representatives Bernie Monk and Anna Osborne.

Asst Cmmr Chambers also visited the Pike River Memorial, but not the mine itself.

“Police would have a dual role should re-entry to the drift be achieved,” a statement issued to Newshub read.

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/06/exclusive-police-prepare-to-re-open-pike-river-investigation.html

Emergency responders in Manchester criminally prevented from doing their job – an interview with Dr Jacob Cohen author of Murder at Pike River Mine reveals same in NZ

Thanks to Rose at thecontrail.com for this link added to our article from 2016 (also cited at the video) called Murder at Pike River Mine. You can download Dr Jacob Cohen’s ebook at the link (a MUST READ), and hear him in this video being interviewed about the prevention by the ‘authorities’ of firemen from doing their job. Hear him speaking on the Pike River Mine disaster.

Published on Apr 2, 2018

EMERGENCY RESPONDERS CRIMINALLY PREVENTED FROM DOING THEIR JOBS, SO PEOPLE DIE UNNECESSARILY. Manchester attack: Firefighters did not respond to bombing for two hours because of false alarm over ‘active shooter’. Dr Jacob Cohen discusses the Pike River Mine explosion in New Zealand in 2010 where 29 men died –  insurance job.  Jacob’s book: Murder at Pike River Mine, 2nd edition Jacob Cohen, Tony Gosling, Martin Summers www.thisweek.org.uk – 30 March 2018

COMMENT

Some time back I was contacted by a member of the public, a former detective, who has joined some dots on this front with regard to the heavy 1080 drops in areas that are he proposes, reserved for mining (I will expand on that in a further post):

“…our Fire service are now managed by the UN – I spoke with firemen in 2015 and all their employment contracts were changed so they answered directly to the UN.
You will now see stand down orders as good firemen will be told to let areas BURN – again in mining areas…….Coromandel Hippies – Wilderland were recently burnt out ….and same in ChCh hills – both instances good firemen told to stand down…”
Listen to the video interview with Dr Jacob Cohen … do read his book, it exposes vast corruption.
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Murder At Pike River Mine – Cover Up: Government Sets Goal Of Manned Entry Into Pike River By 2019

Note: Murder at Pike River Mine by Dr Jacob Cohen can be found here

November 29 2017 | From  Uncensored via Wakeupkiwi 

Let me be quite frank. After the corrupt media has censored Dr Jacob Cohen’s amazing book from the NZ public, and the even more corrupt National Party led by PM John Key has spent tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars covering up the deliberate murder of the 29 miners at Pike River.

Related: Pike River: New Footage Shows No Sign Of Fire

Now, after 7 years of lies and endless coverup, we now have an even more spurious gang of low-life liars in the form of this new Labour Party – NZ First Party Coalition, Jacinda Ardern and Andrew Little – now in the process of committing another $23 million to set up a “PIKE RIVER RECOVERY AGENCY” [supposedly] towards achieving the goal for a manned re-entry to inspect the crime scene in the mine (to fulfil a key part of the Labour-NZ First Coalition Agreement) to make a decision by MARCH 2019!

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http://www.wakeupkiwi.com/news-articles-53.shtml

Police suppressed images of bodies in Pike River mine

From World Socialist Website
By Tom Peters
29 June 2017

On June 19, TV3’s Newshub aired more footage taken inside the Pike River Coal mine in New Zealand’s South Island, which exploded in November 2010, killing 29 men. The video, recorded in early 2011 by cameras lowered into the mine through bore-holes, shows a pair of glasses, rubber hosing and a wooden pallet.

It also clearly shows at least two intact bodies, and there are less clear images of what may be more bodies. These images have not been made public but have been viewed by the families and reporters.

The video is part of several hours of footage suppressed by police for more than six years. It was released to the victims’ families only after some excerpts were leaked and broadcast in April. That video showed members of Mines Rescue working inside the drift tunnel that leads into the main body of the mine. It discredits repeated National Party government claims that the mine is too dangerous to re-enter to investigate the precise cause of the explosion and to recover bodies.

The latest footage shows that the interior of the mine after the explosion was not what the families and the public were led to believe. Last December cabinet minister Judith Collins, who was the police minister at the time of the explosion, told TV3 there could be no manned re-entry because “infernos” had made the mine “a terrible mess.”

Prime Minister Bill English attempted to dismiss the latest footage as “nothing new,” saying the Royal Commission had examined it. He told Newshub “the implication that somehow there’s been a cover-up is complete nonsense.”

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http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/06/29/pike-j29.html

Pike River Mine – new footage reveals no sign of an inferno plus many intact bodies

If you haven’t already, please read Dr Jacob Cohen’s article ‘Murder at Pike River Mine’ found on our Pike River Mine pages. His is a damning independent investigation into what really happened. Go here to download and read his investigative report. There is an updated version which I will add here when I obtain it.  And may these families finally obtain both justice and closure. See the third article that shows men in the mine three months after the disaster, yet government was saying it was too dangerous to enter.
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Photo credit: Newshub

New footage inside Pike River mine revealed

from Newshub

Newshub has obtained more video of the robot inside the Pike River mine.

It shows the two mine rescue workers in an airlocked portal in the entry zone, waiting to go in, and then clearly shows them inside the tunnel itself before they send off the robot.

There’s also a photo of a letter pinned to the tunnel wall by mine rescue workers who have already been in.

“We have commenced our journey to you: this has been the first step to bring you home to your loved ones,” it reads.

“We will not rest and we will never give up. We will return kia kaha.”

READ MORE

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/05/new-footage-inside-pike-river-mine-revealed.html

Several bodies intact in Pike River Mine – Anna Osborne

Up to six intact bodies can be seen in new video footage from inside Pike River Mine, the widow of a man who died in the 2010 explosion has revealed.

“There are a number of bodies, we’re talking probably four, five, six at the moment, we’re still going through footage, but at the request of the families at this stage we’re not going to release those,” Anna Osborne told The AM Show.

“But there are definitely loved ones’ bodies fully intact.”

Ms Osborne lost her husband Milton in the disaster. She says it’s been “six-and-a-half years of lies and cover-ups”.

She says the new footage is more than enough evidence for a manned re-entry into the mine.

READ MORE

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/06/several-bodies-intact-in-pike-river-mine-anna-osborne.html

Pike River mine: Police deny keeping video from families

Police have denied it “deliberately withheld” video showing a robot going into the Pike River mine, filmed just three months after the final explosion.

In the video, two men wearing mines rescue uniforms can be seen working on the robot, which later can be seen smoking or steaming – but not catching fire.

READ MORE

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/05/pike-river-mine-police-deny-keeping-video-from-families.html

 

Thanks to the contrail.com for these links… read their post here.

“This author has studied this and other video footage of the event with international coal mining, gas and oil industry experts. All of whom conclude that the flames and smoke leaping from the top of the 110 meter ventilation shaft on the video clip CANNOT possibly be coming from burning coal at all (more than 110 meters below), or methane gas as the police and media deceptively claim. Coal and methane burns considerably cleaner with different colored flame and smoke and would not at all be in such high concentrations burning right at the top of the shaft (driven through hard rock) at such a huge intensity – irrespective of whether the main portal entrance to the access tunnel is open or not. The conclusion is that the fire on the video is a total deception and giant cover up.”

Stand with Pike River Families – Sign the Petition for re entry to the mine

Join 10+K others and sign in support of Pike River families for re entry to the mine. Bill English is planning to seal it, so much for National’s promises. (And if you’re not a Kiwi go to our Pike River pages for further info on the mining disaster that took 29 lives).
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Photo: together.org.nz

From together.org.nz

“Twenty-nine men lost their lives when the Pike River mine exploded in 2010. The Government made all sorts of promises to do everything they could to get the boys back.

Instead, late last year, they started to permanently seal the mine without trying to recover any remains or evidence. That’s despite many international mining experts saying the drift – the 2.3km tunnel leading up to the mine – could be safely re-entered and may contain evidence and remains.

The Government wants to seal off Pike River and forget about it. But the families of the men killed there, their communities, and the majority of Kiwis won’t let Pike be forgotten.

Sign the open letter asking Prime Minister Bill English to do the right thing by the families of Pike River and work with them to recover the drift.”

As Bryan Bruce is pointing out here & I couldn’t agree more:

“The government doesn’t stop people climbing mountains because it is dangerous.
Nor does it hesitate to send volunteer New Zealander soldiers to fight in wars where they might get killed.
So the Prime Minister’s “responsibility for safety ” argument is a bit thin.
If qualified mine rescuers are willing to voluntarily enter the mine to see if they can recover any bodies or remains then it seems to me they should be allowed to do so.
The problem for the Government is commercial liability should anything in a recovery attempt go wrong.
I’m sure liability could be waived by the volunteers.
Click on the link below to sign an open letter to Bill English.
Please share to give others the chance to sign.”

Go HERE to sign

Pike River Families Continue to Protest – Radio Live Interview with Bernie Monk 22 Dec 2016

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Stephen McIvor is joined by Bernie Monk to discuss what’s next for the Pike River families now that they are legally obliged to allow road access to the Pike River mine.

http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Pike-River-families-to-continue-protest/tabid/506/articleID/134559/Default.aspx#disqus_thread

Solid Energy CE “refuses to listen” to UN mining experts on Pike River re-entry – what’s to hide?

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Pike River Mine, now closed since the fatal explosion that took the lives of 29 men and which mining company Solid Energy soon plans to seal with 30 meters of concrete

These families whose loved ones still lie in the Pike River mine, are determined to get them out, get answers and justice,  give them a proper burial, and grieve and obtain closure. They’ve gone about acquiring a report from both a group of UN experts as well as a British former mines inspector. The report which has been both peer reviewed and endorsed by mining experts advises re-entry to the mine is “absolutely possible”.

So why is Solid Energy’s CE not willing to even sit down and listen to this report? They have plans to seal the mine in February with 30 meters of concrete. What’s to hide then?

Bernie Monk has said he’s “over” the firm because of this refusal and intends to deal only with the Government from now on. He hopes to bring the expert who wrote the plan to a meeting with new PM Bill English.

This cold hearted and steely indifference to the human suffering of these families for their loved ones is atypical of the character of corporations. The term ‘character’ is not a misnomer by any stretch of the imagination. In the documentary called ‘The Corporation’, professionals in their respective fields have astutely classified and labeled the “legal person hood” that corporations enjoy, as basically “psychopathic”. This legal entity is constructed in such a way that it enjoys complete absolution from all responsibility for the harm it inflicts. We can see this playing out now in the Pike River mining tragedy. Please also read Dr Jacob Cohen’s exposé of their activity in this respect. The following information is from The Corporation film’s own website.

A Legal “Person”

“In the mid-1800s the corporation emerged as a legal “person.” Imbued with a “personality” of pure self-interest, the next 100 years saw the corporation’s rise to dominance. The corporation created unprecedented wealth but at what cost? The remorseless rationale of “externalities” (as Milton Friedman explains, the unintended consequences of a transaction between two parties on a third) is responsible for countless cases of illness, death, poverty, pollution, exploitation and lies.”

The people who work for corporations may be good people, upstanding citizens in their communities, but none of that matters when they enter the corporation’s world.

“To assess the “personality” of the corporate “person,” a checklist is employed, using diagnostic criteria of the World Health Organization and the standard diagnostic tool of psychiatrists and psychologists. The operational principles of the corporation give it a highly anti-social “personality”: it is self-interested, inherently amoral, callous and deceitful; it breaches social and legal standards to get its way; it does not suffer from guilt, yet it can mimic the human qualities of empathy, caring and altruism. Four case studies, drawn from a universe of corporate activity, clearly demonstrate harm to workers, human health, animals and the biosphere. Concluding this point-by-point analysis, a disturbing diagnosis is delivered: the institutional embodiment of laissez-faire capitalism fully meets the diagnostic criteria of a “psychopath.” “

Watch ‘The Corporation’ movie on our Corporations page. A very enlightening movie, it will switch on the light to what is really happening with this heart rending scenario at Pike River. It is time for these behemoths to be disabled and dismantled. They are about control and greed … and absolution from all responsibility for fallout from that. They are what controls the drive for introduction of the TPPA trade ‘agreement’.

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Nobody has been held accountable for the Pike River Mining disaster that took the lives of 29 people … the families are seeking answers and closure

Read the related articles below and check out our Corporations and Pike River pages with related links. 

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Families of Pike River Mine Disaster Victims Release Expert Plan for Safe Re-entry

Families of some of the victims of the 2010 Pike River mine explosion have submitted an experts’ report to Parliament in a bid to stop Solid Energy from sealing the “crime scene” forever.

The report was written by David Creedy, vice-chairman of the United Nations group of experts on coal mine methane, and Bob Stevenson, a former mines inspector in Britain.

The report has been peer-reviewed and endorsed by Britain’s leading mines rescue expert, Brian Robinson, and mining ventilation experts John Rowland and Roy Moreby.

Moreby has advised Solid Energy, which plans to seal the mine drift, on re-entry of Pike River.

READ THE ARTICLE:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/87853793/pike-river-blockade-ends-but-the-protest-continues


Pike River Blockade Ends but the Protest Continues

Monk said he was “over” the mining firm since chief executive Tony King refused to sit down and listen to what the families’ experts had to say.

“I don’t want anything to do with Solid Energy. They have been uncooperative. They are bullies. I will only deal with the Government from now on.”

He hoped to bring the expert who had written the new plan for safe re-entry to NZ for a meeting with Prime Minister Bill English.

READ THE ARTICLE:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/national/87504998/Families-of-Pike-River-mine-disaster-victims-release-expert-plan-for-safe-re-entry


 

Pike families have been given control of mine road

Pike families take control of mine road

A flame burns from the end of a ventilation shaft of the Pike River coal mine near Greymouth on November 30, 2010.© REUTERS/The Press/Iain McGregor/Pool A flame burns from the end of a ventilation shaft of the Pike River coal mine near Greymouth on November 30, 2010. The families of the men who died in the Pike River coal mine say the owner of the road accessing the mine has given control of it to them.

The families of the 29 men who died in the mine in November 2010 have been fighting the sealing of the mine, saying the drift, a tunnel leading to the mine proper, is safe to enter.

The mine was privately owned at the time of the explosions but is now owned by state-owner coal miner Solid Energy, which says the mine is not safe to enter.

The families have been protesting on the road to the mine, and on Sunday posted on social media “there’s been a wee development”.

“Turns out, Solid Energy don’t own a big slice of the road to the Pike River access road, and don’t have any legal right to access it.”

It’s the only way to get to the mine in the West Coast region of New Zealand’s South Island.

“Oh, and the lovely local farmer who does own it, being a top bloke and loyal Coaster, has given control to us.

“So, you know, we’ll try hard to be reasonable landlords. We’ll allow access for genuine emergencies, if they ask nicely. But, well, that’ll be it for now.

“The town bully just went down.”

The Pike River families plan to go to parliament in Wellington on Tuesday to present the new prime minister with a new legal and technical plan to allow for re-entry of the drift “to retrieve evidence of what happened to our boys, and any remains which may lie there”.

Last week, Solid Energy published an open letter in newspapers explaining its position.

It rejected claims a “quick” inspection of the 2.3km drift, or entry shaft, is safe, that it is not listening to families’ experts, talking to the families and acting with indecent haste.

It also labelled the idea the mine was being sealed because it had something to hide or was colluding with the government in a cover-up plot as “incorrect and farcical”.

SOURCE  thecontrail.com

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Murder at Pike River Mine – the Truth You Won’t Find in Mainstream Media

What a heart breaking story this is. The angst of the families, their loved ones so near yet so very far. Now they plan to seal the mine off. When this story was initially over and we knew there was no hope they would ever emerge from the mine alive, and when reporters began to dig below the surface, so the shocking facts began to emerge. The miners’ working environment had been unsafe for some time. For a thorough exposé of the truth of this whole affair, download and read ‘Murder at Pike River Mine’ by Dr Jacob Cohen. You will not of course find this information in mainstream news. Are you joining any dots? 

“The incestuous collusion between corrupt fascist, international corporations, banks, global mining companies and compliant politicians – and how the inexorable love of money by those who run them supersedes everything else” 

“What was the real truth behind the Pike River coal mine disaster in NZ killing 29 men? Was the tragedy simply an ‘accident’ or was it premeditated murder? Involving people at the highest level of the NZ Government and international business and banking community? Does this case have implications for the world?”
Dr Jacob Cohen

Download pdf file at the link:  murderatpikerivermine

Below is the latest in the ongoing ordeal for the families.

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The NZ Pike Mining disaster claimed the lives of 29 men and nobody has been held fully accountable


Pike River mine survivor: ‘there are people in that mine that survived, just like I did’

Nov 14, 2016

“I think they’ve just tried to ease us into it by delaying it and pushing it back and back year after year. They’re just kicking us in the guts once more.”

There is no doubt in Daniel Rockhouse’s mind that he and Russell Smith were not the only two who survived the first Pike River mine explosion.

Rockhouse made his way out of the mine after a methane blast on November 19, 2010, dragging Smith with him.

The friends were the only two men who came out alive after the explosion ripped through the West Coast coal mine, leaving 29 trapped inside – where they remain today.

He calls Solid Energy’s plans to permanently plug the mine with concrete “disgusting”.

Rockhouse said the fight for answers had been traumatising, stressful and emotional – to the point where he had stepped away. But his mother continued to battle.

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Court declines Pike River families’ review bid

27 November 2015

He had faced 12 health and safety charges relating to the deaths of 29 men after a series of explosions at the West Coast coal mine five years ago.

Peter Whittall.
Peter Whittall Photo: AFP (Radio NZ)

The prosecution was dropped after an insurance payment of more than $3 million was made to the families of the men who died.

Two women who lost family members in the disaster had asked the court to review the decision by Worksafe New Zealand not to offer any evidence on the charges.

Anna Osborne, whose husband was killed in the mine blast, and Sonya Rockhouse, whose son died, were assisted in their legal bid by the Council of Trade Unions (CTU).
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LINKS:

The Official Story: http://pikeriver.royalcommission.govt.nz/

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/290752/court-declines-pike-river-families’-review-bid

http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/pike-river-protester-delays-mine-sealing-2016112112#.WDI2XuLNNYw.facebook