At Long Last….Pike River Families Move On……..

Tonight our nation mourns with the friends and...

Tonight our nation mourns with the friends and families of the 29 miners who lost their lives in the Pike River Mine Tragedy, Greymouth, New Zealand, 24 Nov. 2010. [Explore] (Photo credit: PATARIKA)

It’s taken a 18 months but at long last the families of the men killed in the Pike River mine explosions of November 2010 have conceded that they will probably never be able to have their bodies brought out of the mine.

Hopefully they will accept a memorial at the site and no longer threaten to disrupt any future mining there thus sabotaging progress and new jobs in New Zealand.

I can see that it has been difficult for them to move on emotionally as they foolishly believed a politician’s half promise that their men would be returned to them.  However, a moment’s rational reflection should have told them that it is far too dangerous to allow rescue workers to go into a  mine which could easily explode again if oxygen got down the shafts.

I still maintain that the greens are culpable because they made such a fuss that the government wouldn’t allow an opencast mine but insisted on a sloping tunnel with poor ventilation.    Modern mining techniques could have created a safe opencast environment and  replaced the flora and fauna at the end of the mine’s productive life.      A far better outcome than killing 29 men.      Isn’t it odd that no-one blames the green movement for their deaths….. Humans can be so silly………

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