The former chief executive of the Pike River Coal mine will no longer face court charges.
Peter Whittall had been charged with not providing a decent standard of health and safety on the Pike river Mine. He was the only individual charged.
The Crown has decided that it was unlikely that a prosecution would succeed. They had a lack of evidence and there had been a lack of experience by some of the people investigating the case.
Mr Whittall and other directors of Pike River Coal have offered to make a voluntary compensation payment of $3.4 million to the families of the dead and the two men who survived.
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