Written By: - Date published: 6:33 pm, April 30th, 2017 - 49 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, disaster, Mining, Politics, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: pike river, pike river mine, Remembering the Pike River miners
Someone, god bless them, has leaked video evidence taken in Pike River in 2011. The video shows a robot travelling 1500 metres along the infamous shift before its travel was blocked by a wagon. The robot then starts smoking somewhat alarmingly.
The way the Government described the state of the mine shaft one would think that there would be an immediate explosion once the smoke appeared. But nothing of the sort happened.
The theory that the site was unsafe and the atmosphere unstable is one that the Government has raised ever since the disaster happened. It appears that the Government has been, ahem, misleading us.
Video from inside Pike River shows a robot that appears to emit smoke or steam when it overheats, but there’s no fire or even a flame.
Police have kept the video, which was exclusively obtained by Newshub, from the families of killed miners.
But one relation who’s seen it says it shows going into the mine’s access tunnel is actually safe, and a mine expert agrees.
Dean Dunbar, father of deceased miner Joe Dunbar, is understandably upset. Again from 3news:
Until now, this video has been kept from the families of the 29 men killed, like Dean Dunbar, father of 17-year-old Joe Dunbar.
The footage is six years old, date-stamped March 15, 2011 – three months after the final explosion, and held by police ever since.
“How could they do this to Joseph and the other guys? Why?” Mr Dunbar says.
“They’ve had the footage; we haven’t.”
The Government, authorities and the mine’s controllers have always maintained it’s too dangerous to enter, which Mr Dunbar rejects.
“They created a situation of absolute danger; they made it look and sound explosive. It’s not,” he says.
“We’re going to peel back that litany of lies and expose it for what it is.
The police did not pass the video onto the families or the Royal Commission because “it was assessed as having no evidential value”. The Government claims it has not seen the video.
Time to get google working and parse through all the statements made by the Government suggesting that it was too unsafe to enter the mine. Because it sounds like the miners families have been right and the government wrong. All along.