Access to Pike River Mine
Solid Energy confirms that it has, and has
always had, the access rights to the Pike River Mine it
acquired from Pike River Coal Ltd. The situation has been
under discussion with the landowner over the course of the
"We accept that there was a genuine
misunderstanding, but have now been advised by the land
owner that he has told the protesters that they do not have
the legal right to occupy the land. It is understood the
protesters will now remove the gates they erected to block
Solid Energy’s access" a spokesman for Solid Energy
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