Pike River mine to be finally sealed after families drop legal action

A Stuff article.

Pike River families have aborted legal action to fight the Government’s decision to seal the West Coast coal mine.

A group of 22 family members had filed a judicial review in July because they did not want the mine sealed until evidence was recovered from the main ventilation fan, which sits 130 metres further into the mine workings.

The Pike River Recovery Agency is planning to hand the site over to the Department of Conservation (DOC) for inclusion in the Paparoa National Park by November.

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