The cost of running the new Pike River Recovery Agency is mounting and it a recommendation proposed by consultants is taken up then the allocated budget could be exceeded, but it could reduce the re-entry risk.
The Pike River Mine Recovery agency has detailed some of the issues at it prepares for a team to ender the damaged coal mine to attempt the recovery of remains of some of the miners who perished.
Bathurst and its joint venture partner have been rectifying some production and manning issues on two coal mines that were acquired on the North Island.
Experts held their first meeting this week to map out a blueprint for re-entry into the Pike River coal mine.
The March quarter produced positive performances for Bathurst Resources and its BT Mining joint venture mines.
Despite all the negative publicity received by the New Zealand petroleum exploration sector, one partnership is pushing ahead with a blueprint to re-open a small onshore field.
The mining lobby Straterra has spoken up on the important and potential future use of New Zealand coal, particularly coking coal for export.
It was some sort of relief for New Zealand’s coal mining industry when the Resources Minister said there would be no ban on new coal permits, but it may happen in the future.
The National Party sees conflicting comments coming out of the Government on new coal permits and the future of the coal sector.
There was plenty of emotion at the wrecked Pike River coal mine yesterday when the portal was entered by a Government minister and two of the women who lost family members. We still await details as to why it may be safe to re-enter this mine.