The Labour Party-led government is racing to shut down the underground investigation of Pike River coal mine. It aims to prevent the recovery of evidence that could lead to prosecutions of those responsible for the disaster which killed 29 workers in November 2010.
The Pike River Recovery Agency (PRRA), which has only explored the mine’s drift or entry tunnel, intends to pull workers and equipment out and start sealing the mine this week.
Nobody from Pike River Coal Ltd. has been prosecuted for the company’s egregious violations of workplace safety legislation, including grossly inadequate ventilation, which allowed methane gas to reach explosive levels. A 2012 royal commission of inquiry established that the company placed production ahead of workers’ safety and ignored numerous warnings of a catastrophe.
West Coast · The feasibility study for manned reentry to the fan space at Pike River is complete. It’s release will happen very soon. This work has been carried out at zero cost to the New Zealand taxpayer by a group of eminent international mining experts. Everyone in this country owes those selfless men a debt of gratitude for the massive effort entailed in its creation. It’s incredibly important that the public understand that police proposal to use bore holes to look within the mine has two fatal flaws.
1: Boreholes are a very poor tool for forensic examination. You can take photos, but only from a single point of view. You can view objects, but you can’t take samples – nor can you turn things over, dismantle them or move things out of the way. You can’t see inside things or behind things.
2: The police say they are looking for evidence – but there is a good chance that they will just bury it instead. Drilling holes into the roof of a tunnel that has already been weakened by explosions creates the risk that the roof will collapse. That’s exactly what has happened at borehole 50 (pictured below) – a borehole that’s only metres away. If the roof collapses then the coverup at Pike River is complete.
We have presented the police with two options for getting access to the fan space, horizontal drilling from within the drift and manned reentry, that do not carry the risk of roof collapse. They have chosen to ignore our proposals. Now one of those proposals has been comprehensively studied. Here’s a couple of photos of what Police and others have persisted in describing as “a massive rockfall”.
Three things we can say about it – it’s not massive, we can see no rock and there is a void, metres high, above a large chunk of it. If you want the truth read the report. If you’ve already sold your soul over this then step aside and let us get on with it.
As the families of 29 Pike River Mine victims are denied yet again the closure of knowing what happened to their loved ones and why, and particularly of recovering their bodies … in reviewing this crime, consider again the information contained in the book written by investigative writer Dr Jacob Cohen (see pdf download at the link). The fact that this book is banned from NZ media is a telling sign of what lurks beneath the surface of the mainstream narrative.
“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 an incestuous collusion between corrupt fascist international corporations, banks, global mining companies & compliant politicians? How the inexorable love of money by those who run them supersedes everything else”Dr Jacob Cohen
Hear Dr Cohen speak in this interview below & particularly, do read the detailed coverage also by Uncensored (links below video):
PIKE RIVER FAMILIES CLAIM ‘VITAL’ EVIDENCE FROM MINE EXPLOSION HAS BEEN LOST
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)
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.
“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.
RELATED ARTICLE BY Dr Jacob Cohen (pdf): Murder at Pike River Mine _______________________________________________________________________
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.”
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.
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.
“It blows my mind that something as significant as that, in an area that the Royal Commission centred on, has gone missing,” he said.
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.”
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.
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. EnvirowatchRangitikei
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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. EnvirowatchRangitikei
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.
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.”
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). EnvirowatchRangitikei
“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.”
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’.
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”.
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
Below is a video from March 2018 at thisweek.org.uk featuring an interview with Dr Jacob Cohen on topic. It begins with a similar (brief) scenario in Manchester where firefighters (as with Pike River) were forbidden to go to the rescue of possible survivors:
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 http://www.thisweek.org.uk – 30 March 2018