23 Nov 2010

Pike River boss denies cost-cutting

5:09 pm on 23 November 2010

Pike River Coal chairman John Dow has denied any suggestion that financial problems led to cutting corners at the West Cost mine.

Mr Dow said on Tuesday that the company was not using riskier techniques in the mine in order to catch up on contracts.

"That's absolutely not correct - Pike has had perfectly adequate funding for all of its development and mining activities and to maintain the highest levels of safety in that process."