Row brews over Pike River costs
The GAG machine used to extinguish the Pike River mine fire is costing thousands a day and who will pay is becoming an issue
A row is erupting over who should pay to run the GAG machine being used to extinguish the fire in the Pike River mine.
Flames can no longer be seen coming from the vent shaft but police say that doesn't mean the fire inside the mine is out.
Reporter Robyn Janes understands the GAG machine which is being used to pump carbon dioxide into the mine to starve the flames of oxygen, is costing $10,000 an hour to run and it is unclear whether the bill is being paid for by Pike River Coal or the police. Pike River CEO Peter Whittall has said he hasn't had that discussion yet, while some of the local politicians on the West Coast believe the police shouldn't be footing the bill.
The total cost is estimated to be at around the one million dollar mark so far however, Ms Janes says similar operations overseas have cost millions more.
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