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Pike River ordered to pay millions

Pike River Coal Limited (In Receivership) has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in fines and compensation following a deadly explosion in 2010.

The explosion occurred at the company’s coal mine in Greymouth New Zealand, in November 2010, killing 29 miners.

Since the explosion the company has gone into receivership.

An investigation into the incident led to the prosecution of the company and its chief executive Peter Whittall.

On 5 July, the company was fined a total of $760,000 for nine charges, says the New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment in a media statement.

The company was also ordered to pay compensation totalling more than $3 million for the 29 victims and two survivors.

Whittall’s prosecution remains before the court.

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