Are bodies still in the Pike River mine?

Are bodies still in the Pike River mine?

Twenty-nine men were killed when an explosion ripped through the Pike River mine on the west coast in November 2010. Their bodies have not been recovered, and remain in the mine.

Who was responsible for Pike River?

Pike River Coal Company Ltd (Pike) was formed in 1982 and acquired by New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd (NZOG) in 1998. Over a 13-year period Pike explored and then acquired the necessary authorisations for the mine, including a mining permit, an access arrangement and resource consents.

Who owned Pike River mine when it exploded?

New Zealand Oil and Gas Ltd
Six drill holes confirmed the presence of a large area of coal. The Pike River Coal Company was formed in 1982 to hold exploration rights; in 1988 the company was bought by New Zealand Oil and Gas Ltd.

Who survived Pike River?

Daniel Rockhouse and Russell Smith survived the explosion with only minor injuries and were able to walk out because they were not trapped by the rockfall. Healey said he also had an expert’s report that found the compressed air line going into the mine could have been broken anywhere between 1500 metres and 2400m.

How much has been spent on the Pike River recovery?

The recovery project, which cost $51 million, plus at least $10 million for the police – was never about recovering the bodies, which are trapped behind a massive rockfall, but was intended to search the drift for possible evidence of what caused the explosions.

What is a Rocsil plug?

The “Rocsil” plug (Rocsil is the brand name for a phenolic plug) covers the width of the drift (about five metres), from floor to roof and a distance of between 10 and 15 metres from one end to the other, so between five and seven metres either side of where the borehole sits in the drift.

What caused the Brunner mine explosion?

The Brunner Mine disaster is the deadliest mining disaster in New Zealand’s history. However, experienced miners claimed the explosion was caused by firedamp igniting, which had accumulated in the mine due to inadequate ventilation.

What is the coal mine disaster?

On November 20, 1968, a catastrophic explosion rocked the Consol No. 9 coal mine outside of Farmington, West Virginia. Seventy-eight miners perished in that accident.

Is Pike River a real place?

Pike River is a stream in British Columbia and has an elevation of 669 metres.

Is Pike River mine open?

A fourth explosion occurred on 28 November at 1:55 pm. Initial recovery efforts were abandoned after rescue robots were lost and after insolvency the Pike River Recovery Agency was formed and reentered the mine in May 2019….Pike River Mine.

Opened 2009
Closed 2011 (possibly permanently)
Company Pike River Recovery Agency

What is the drift at Pike River?

The drift is a 2.3 km access tunnel from the entrance of the mine to the workings. The workings comprise around 4.3 km of inner tunnels, from where the coal was extracted.

Where is the Pike River Mine located?

South Island
The Pike River underground coal mine is located high in the rugged Paparoa Range, on the West Coast of the South Island. On 19 November 2010, the mine exploded.

How many people died in the Pike River Mine accident?

The accident resulted in the deaths of 29 miners whose remains have never been recovered. The Pike River Mine incident ranks as New Zealand’s worst mining disaster since 1914, when 43 men died at Ralph’s Mine in Huntly.

Who was the manager of Pike River Mine?

At the time of the explosion the management team at Pike River comprised Peter Whittall, chief executive officer; Douglas White, site general manager; Stephen Ellis, production manager; and seven department managers.

Is the Pike River Mine a death trap?

Nearly nine years after a series of explosions in the underground mine, no one from Pike River Coal’s management or board has been prosecuted, despite overwhelming evidence that the mine was a death trap.

Where was the Pike River Mine in New Zealand?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Pike River Mine disaster was a coal mining accident that began on 19 November 2010 in the Pike River Mine, 46 km (29 mi) northeast of Greymouth, in the West Coast region of New Zealand’s South Island following a methane explosion at approximately 3:44 pm (NZDT, UTC+13).

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