New Zealand Labour Party

John Key and Solid Energy turn backs on Pike River

John Key and Solid Energy are about to turn their backs on the Pike River families and walk away from all responsibility, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.

“I understand Solid Energy are pulling their nitrogen machine and infrastructure out of the mine. This will mean a key component of any recovery operation will be removed from New Zealand. 

“John Key has to front up and explain why he is allowing a state-owned enterprise to walk away from a recovery operation that international experts say is both possible and safe to carry out.

“The families deserve to have any information and evidence that could further explain the causes of this disaster.

“John Key always claimed money was not the issue but I suspect the financial challenges faced by Solid Energy, along with the zero risk approach it is taking, is their excuse for not proceeding.

“As Prime Minister, John Key is a key stakeholder in the state-owned enterprise and gave numerous personal assurances to the families and the West Coast community that everything that ‘could be done would be done’ to recover the 29 miners.

“Solid Energy seems about to walk away. John Key must intervene on behalf of the families,” Damien O’Connor says.