The revenge seeking Pike River families have found a pro bono mining safety expert who will study and opine upon the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the loss of 29 lives at the mine. Coupled with renewed calls for a change of law to enable criminal prosecution of companies their directors and executives should health and safety standards be breached, we have a recipe for endless litigation (which won’t be pro bono) and many opportunities for that grand old sport of witch hunting.
I’ve said it before but I’ll bore you again. The real culprit in the Pike River mine disaster was the Green movement whose supporters argued against an open cast, and arguably safer, mine site claiming that the installation of ventilation shafts would damage native forest.
To put it bluntly. It may be that the companies employing the dead miners have blood on their hands but so do the greens.
- Mining experts look at Pike River recovery plan (radionz.co.nz)
- $46k fine over Pike River (nzherald.co.nz)