Another Pike River blowout

Stuff reports:

Recovering the mine drift could cost up to $51 million.

The has approved another $10.8m to complete the project as well as a $4.2m contingency. 

The agency was set up in January 2018 to re-enter the drift of the West Coast mine with the hope of finding out why 29 men died in a series of explosions in November 2010.

The originally budgeted $7.6m a year for three years, totalling $23m. It then topped up the to $36m. 

So is the third blowout in two years and probably not the last.

The cost has increased around 700%.

They would spend less if they gave each family $1.75 million.

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