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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 (1st edition)
Murder-at-Pike-River-Mine (2nd edition)
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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:

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

Pike River: No more Government money for further mine recovery, families accept decision

30 March 2021

The Minister in charge of Pike River won’t consider going further into the mine – a decision that’s been accepted “with heartbreak” by families involved. In a statement on Tuesday morning, the Pike River Family Reference Group said it now accepts official advice going further into the mine would be unsafe and expensive. Twenty-nine men lost their lives in the explosion in 2010, with the search for their remains the centre of an ongoing political battle.
READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2021/03/pike-river-no-more-government-money-to-go-further-into-mine-families-accept-decision.html?fbclid=IwAR3qDNA4s_RerAFmo4BboxjFcHi3PL5I_9GEX3NGBJ7Yyp3MQSV3r_rmEog

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