Going further into the Pike River coal mine is too hard and too expensive, Minister Responsible for Pike River Reentry Andrew Little says.
The minister’s comments come even though no detailed technical assessment or cost analysis has been done.
Little said the Government was not willing to consider doing a risk assessment and cost analysis of recovering evidence from the mine’s main ventilation fan, which could hold clues about what caused the first explosion in the mine where 29 men were killed in 2010.
He said the mine’s geotechnical strata was “inherently unstable” and the technical challenge of getting past a roof fall blocking the mine workings would be phenomenal. . .
It was always too hard.
Sometimes when you’re in Opposition you have to back the government when it’s doing the right thing.
Instead Labour and New Zealand chose to do the political thing, promising a re-entry of the mine.
In doing so they exploited the families and friends of the men who were killed, giving them unrealistic hope and stoking their grief.
Ten years and more than $50 million later Little has admitted what they should have accepted from the start – it was too hard, too dangerous and too expensive.