The South Korean Government (Republic of Korea) is the majority owner of KEPCO, the company behind the proposed Bylong Coal Project. Therefore, they have a big say in what happens next with the project.
We want to send them a strong message via the South Korean Embassy here, encouraging them to abandon the project and sell the land back to agriculture.
Please be very polite and calm and provide your name. Ask for your message to be passed directly to the Ambassador and to the relevant minister in Korea. You can let us know how the call went on the feedback
Here are some points you might like to make:
- You strongly support South Korea’s moves to shift from coal power to renewables and it is clear that extracting 124 million tonnes of thermal coal from Bylong up until 2045 is incompatible with that.
- It would be a very positive move for KEPCO to now withdraw completely from the Bylong coal project, abandoning the exploration licences and selling the land for agriculture so Bylong can become a hub for regenerative farming.
- It would be financially reckless to keep pursuing a project that has already been rejected and will almost certainly just result in the Korean Government throwing good money after bad.
- You encourage the Embassy to meet with farmers affected by the Bylong project and Lock the Gate who have recently requested a meeting.
Please note that the Korean Government is the majority owner of KEPCO. If Embassy staff tell you that KEPCO make their own decisions, independent of Government, please hold your ground and ask the Government to say ‘no’ to this project. Reiterate that a majority owner’s views are powerful and will always be heard.