A mining disaster that should not have happened
Such safety lapses and cost-cutting measures occur on daily basis across the globe. But as clearly seen in the BP Gulf mega Oil Spill and in this mining disaster, it was a disaster just waiting to happen when negligence meets Nature’s fault-line.
Some facts from BBC news report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11835565.
- New Zealand’s largest coal mine
- Employs some 150 people
- Operational since 2008
- Accesses Brunner and Paparoa coal seams via 2.3km tunnel under Paparoa Ranges
- 5.5m-wide, 4.5m-high tunnel bisects Hawera fault, through which methane gas is known to leak
- First blast is believed to have happened at 1530 (0230 GMT) on Friday
- Two injured miners emerged from the tunnel entrance on Friday evening
What is the common factor between the BP Deepwater Horizon (DWH) disaster and the Pike Mine Disaster?
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An Australian gas drainage engineer who visited the site last year said operating standards were “extremely poor”.
His comments were backed up by a world renowned Kiwi mining safety expert who said the explosion at Pike River should never have happened.
Neither will be publicly identified but say safety problems will be investigated in the coming weeks.
“In developed countries like the United States and New Zealand we shouldn’t be having these kinds of accidents,” the New Zealand expert said.
He was also referring to an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia which killed 29 miners on April 5.