Huge news for the families of the Pike River tragedy and a huge president for future Governments from a liability point of view…..
Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges made the announcement this afternoon, putting the estimated cost of the plan at $7.2 million and said the chance of finding bodily remains in the tunnel was “slim”.
“Our criteria are that any re-entry into the tunnel up to the rock fall is safe, technically feasible and financially credible. Safety is paramount, and the high hazards unit of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has reviewed the plan and is comfortable with it,” Bridges said in a statement.
“This is a highly complex and technical operation and it will be carefully managed in stages, with a risk assessment undertaken at each stage. Ensuring the safety of workers is an absolute bottom line for the Government and Solid Energy.”
I hope this can finally bring some closure for families who do not yet seem to have been able to find it
The families were frustrated by how long it had taken to this point.
”It has been a long time, it’s been an agonising wait. I don’t think they’ve been unrealistic at any point with their expectations.”
Some families believed a few bodies of those who died while fleeing the blast on November 19, 2010 might be retrieved from an unexplored 700-metre section of the tunnel.