Newstalk ZB reports:
EPMU secretary Andrew Little thinks sealing the mine would be wrong on at least two fronts.
“Making a decision to seal the mine now is not just a decision to leave the men down there, but a decision to say we’re not going to get the evidence to find out what really happened.”
Mr Little said the Government has let the families down and the union will continue to work with them to get justice.
Does Andrew have some magic way to enter the mine we do not know of?
Is Andrew speaking as Labour Party President or EPMU Secretary when he alleges any decision to seal the mine is part of a plot by the Government to conceal evidence?
The local Mayor is more rational:
Despite the union’s concerns, the Grey District Mayor said he is confident there will be enough evidence for the Pike River mine inquiry, even if the mine is sealed.
“They’re going to interview 400 (people) all up. They’ve got every single hard drive and computer from day one of Pike River coal. Even though they can’t get evidence from the mine, I feel there’s enough evidence out there to get to the bottom of this”, Tony Kokshoorn told Newstalk ZB.
Maybe Andrew could explain exactly what evidence he thinks still exists after weeks of thousand degree fires.