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by Ross Louthean

The minister in charge of the Pike River recovery effort indicated that an entry into the coal mine drift could be undertaken by the end of this year.


Bathurst Resources, now entrenched as New Zealand’s major coal producer, has now signed the deal that will take it into coking coal exploration and development in Canada.

Includes following attachments:
- Jameson media release. (301.7 kilobytes)
- Bathurst media release. (322.4 kilobytes)


Shares in an Australian junior company have gone for a run following the announcement of a joint venture with a New Zealand coal producer.

by Ross Louthean

Bathurst Resources, which has learned the art of lean operations through the recent coal price blight, is now venturing into the Canadian coal development market where it sees a low sovereign risk environment.

Includes following attachments:
- Investor update presentation. (3.8 megabytes)
- Jameson Resources ASX release. (335.4 kilobytes)


New Zealand’s mining lobby Straterra was not only critical of the Government for refusing a minor crown land access for a new mining project but indicated it was an economic body blow for the West Coast.


As a counter to the Government’s latest decision to ban access to DOC land for the Te Kuha coal project, opposition leader Simon Bridges said National would support mines on “low level” conservation land.

by Ross Louthean

Voters may be finding it difficult to see the real difference between the Green Party and its major partner in Government – the Labour Party, following a joint statement that may thwart a much-needed coal mine on the West Coast.

by Ross Louthean

Police are considering reopening the Pike River mine disaster investigation eight years after the methane blast that killed 29 men.


A prominent adviser to the Pike River mine recovery joined the agency team and mining advisers on the West Coast this week and had some comments to make.


An award went to a private coal miner for dousing an old seam fire that began back in the 1950s.

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