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Greg Glendining. I was in Dunedin a few days ago, mooching about the gardens, the bars, and conference facilities of the southern-most city worth a damn in NZ (shut up, Invercargill). On my last day there, I picked up a copy of the Otago Daily Times whilst killing departure time, and came across a few letters to the editor.

Four of the letters were aside, in a column of their own. They were each responding to an editorial piece written by one “Greg Glendining”….and each respondent was pretty pissed off. If their responses were accurate, and if I recall them correctly, it seems that Mr Glendining was hypothesising as to the cause of the tragic death of 29 miners on the west coast. Now, I have to qualify my following comments with the understanding that 1) I have not been able to find his original piece of writing, and 2) I did find a great bottle of Yalumbra Cab Sav earlier on this evening. Great bottle.

Anyways, based on the four irate responses, I can put forward that Mr Glendining asserted in principle the following: That the west coast needs to embrace open-cast mining instead of tunnel mining…jesus, I can’t think of a worse time to shout “You’re doing it wrong” at a small community. Did it not occur to him that they may have chosen to tunnel for the coal because the suff was so damn deep?  Secondly, he said that they did not use open cast mining or build extra air-vents because some conservationist saw a rare Blue Duck on the land where the coal was situated…which several of the four respondents called “fucking bullshit”. Mr Glendining alluded that if extra airshafts or if open-cast mining were employed, the dead miners would be alive, and that therefore, their death was directly attributable to the “Green agenda”.

I believe at least one of the respondents gave a very geologically and legally detailed reply on that point – namely that the mine was too deep for open cast techniques, and that the mining company got permission for every accessway and air-shaft it wanted to drill anyway.

So basically, 29 people die, and some jerk with a stupid personal agenda comes along with a blinkered attitude and a shocking lack of research ability, and blames the environmental movement for not allowing the parent mining company to rape the shit out of the area in the first place. I should point out that the mining company themselves have made no such assertion at all, and seem to have tried to do what it is that they do in accordance with best-practice from both an ecological standpoint and an engineering standpoint.

Fuck you, Greg Glendining. I bet one of your friends has more money than you. You are a self-serving douche.


Written by thewanderingdouche

December 6, 2010 at 10:53 am

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