Pike River

The robot – can it help out at Pike River?

UPDATED: This evening’s press conference on the rescue effort underway at the Pike River mine had much discussion of the military robot that is being prepared for deployment into the mine entrance. The military robot entered Pike River mine this morning but broke down after progressing about 500 metres into the mine shaft, reportedly due […]


Coalmine methane explained (infographic)

As a bore hole is drilled down to the shaft at the Pike River mine, where 29 miners are still trapped, focus is on the gases that caused the initial explosion and which still make rescue incredibly dangerous for both miners and rescue crew. This graphic from today’s Dominion Post outlines how methane forms and […]