MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged on Wednesday to get well the greater than 60 remaining our bodies of miners killed in an enormous coal shaft explosion in 2006, a mission he described as a humanitarian promise made to victims’ households.
FILE PHOTO: Mock coffins, symbolising the 65 miners who died in an explosion at Grupo Mexico’s Pasta de Conchos coal mine, are displayed on the Angel of the Independence monument throughout a protest to mark the 12th anniversary of the catastrophe, in Mexico Metropolis, Mexico February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Ginnette Riquelme/File Picture
The announcement got here on Mexico’s Labor Day vacation, and Lopez Obrador mentioned he didn’t anticipate the corporate that operated the mine to oppose him.
“That is an act of justice and it’s a dedication we made going again a very long time,” the president advised reporters at his common morning information convention.
He didn’t put a price ticket on the mission, saying that “no matter is important” can be spent.
The Pasta de Conchos mine blast passed off in northern Coahuila state.
The mine was operated by Grupo Mexico, considered one of Latin America’s largest miners. The corporate has maintained that the blast was an unlucky accident and mentioned it has compensated households, spending some $30 million on looking for the 63 remaining miners.
Grupo Mexico didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Shortly after the explosion, simply two our bodies had been recovered.
A particular prosecutor for the case blamed Grupo Mexico for permitting a lethal mixture of methane, warmth and oxygen to construct up within the mine, failing to construct correct air flow shafts or to neutralize explosive coal mud. Authorities inspectors who did not implement the mandatory security precautions had been additionally implicated.
Lopez Obrador mentioned the restoration effort would start quickly, and that German Larrea, the top of Grupo Mexico and considered one of Mexico’s richest billionaires, had been sought out however that this was a authorities resolution.
“If (Larrea) helps, that’s welcome. If he doesn’t assist that is one thing we are going to do,” mentioned Lopez Obrador.
Within the moments following the blast, the employees had been seemingly buried by 1000’s of tons of rock.
Investigators additionally mentioned it was doable that most of the males had been incinerated.
Within the years because the incident, considerations have been raised concerning the hazard to potential rescue employees in any additional restoration efforts.
The leftist president and reclusive tycoon have a historical past of clashes.
A few month earlier than Lopez Obrador’s landslide election victory final 12 months, Larrea wrote an open letter warning of a “populist” danger that may imperil funding, however with out referencing him by title.
Reporting by David Alire Garcia and Lizbeth Diaz; enhancing by Invoice Berkrot and Diane Craft