Michael Daly at Stuff reports:
Recovery of the bodies of the men killed in the Pike River Coal mine disaster is not expected to be completed for at least 3 1/2 years, a new independent report says.
The estimates in the draft independent review by engineer Bruce McLean depend on a successful sale of the mine.
Even with a sale, the report does not expect recovery of the bodies until some time between July 2015 and June 2017.
That timetable depends on the completion of a new shaft or tunnel to establish a ventilation circuit by June 2014.
This report or review was commissioned by the families of the dead miners. While the conclusions are probably not the ones they hoped for, it is good they agree with the advice from the receivers and the Government that one can’t just rush in them in a matter of weeks or months.
The fact the Government won’t consent to a transfer of the license unless the new owner agrees to do best efforts to recover the bodies means that eventually they will recover the bodies or remains, I believe. It will be important closure for the families.