Bathurst Resources had a strong quarter for its operations and those of its joint venture operations with one of the lifts coming from the North Island domestic operations.
The global importance of coal may be better understood in Australia than in New Zealand but key Queensland lobbies are taking the campaign to a public being brainwashed by opponents.
A specialty nitrogen plant has arrived on site at the ruined Pike River colliery to help the planned re-entry into what is currently a methane-filled mine.
A report by a British coal mining expert has been incorporated in the latest detailed update report from the Pike River Recovery Agency.
Shareholders of Bathurst Resources saw the positive growth the company achieved after forging the BT Mining joint venture but they may be holding their breath awaiting the outcome of a court appeal.
Owners of the new coking coal mine near Westport will take their battle back to court after the legal and political blocks from anti-miners and the Green Party enclave in the current Government.
One of the key coal mines on the North Island has been given a life extension through a decision to develop a new resource.
The Government has put a stamp of approval on the re-entry into the damaged Pike River coal mine at a time when another mining voice raised concern about the potential danger of the move.
Investors may have been impressed with results for Bathurst Resources in the September quarter but they await the Court of Appeal by the company against a High Court ruling against a company on some West Coast coal permits.
One of the key energy providers in New Zealand has shown how the political actions of the Government are out of step with the reality to provide sustained energy for the country.