Explosion Traps Dozens Of New Zealand Miners

Again? Hopefully this time the miners won’t have to wait 2 months to see sunlight again. The New York Times reports:

At least two dozen men were trapped underground after an explosion on Friday rocked the country’s largest coal mine in a mountainous region in the country’s South Island.

Authorities said it was too early to determine a cause of the explosion, and said no deaths had been reported from the accident. Local media reported two people had been pulled safely from the collapsed mine, located near the town of Atarau near the west coast of the South Island.

Earlier in the day Pike River Coal, the company operating the mine, said 27 people were in the mine, but it was not clear whether the two men who had emerged were included in that figure. The New Zealand National Police was unable to confirm the exact number missing.

Rescue teams were assessing the safety of the mine before beginning their descent, trying to make sure vents were clear and that gas would not build up in the mine, local media reported.

[Continues at The New York Times]

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    How much longer before we stick to using energy that isn’t massively potentially lethal during every stage of its acquisition and use?…or at the very least, can we get just a few safety regulations in this era of robber barons…please?

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    How much longer before we stick to using energy that isn’t massively potentially lethal during every stage of its acquisition and use?…or at the very least, can we get just a few safety regulations in this era of robber barons…please?

    • Hadrian999

      regulations don’t matter when it’s cheaper to pay the fines and ignore them than it is to implement the safety procedures and equipment

  • Hadrian999

    regulations don’t matter when it’s cheaper to pay the fines and ignore them than it is to implement the safety procedures and equipment

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  • blackman

    So… are you gonna keep track of all the lost miners across the world?
    You got a soft spot for miners, over the myriad gone missing beneath the travesties of the Earth?
    Or are you trying to perpetuate your worthless legacy?
    Travel, learn, get off your fucking computer…before you look older.