KEPCO Open Letter

Can you help us get the ear of the KEPCO CEO? We're calling on him to sell the land back for agriculture so our community can rebuild. Will you join us?

Phill Kennedy, President, Bylong Valley Protection Alliance


2,135 signatures

Dear Cheong Seung-il, CEO, KEPCO,

Today the NSW Court of Appeal ruled against KEPCO on appeal which means that the proposed Bylong coal project cannot proceed.

We, the undersigned, are calling on you to respond by relinquishing the exploration lease for the project and selling the land back to agricultural interests. We can see no valid basis for KEPCO to continue with the project. 

The Bylong proposal is beset by severe environmental, social and economic risks. There is fierce and widespread opposition to the project in Australia and both of KEPCO’s legal challenges have failed.

It is also a legacy project planned and conceived many years ago that now has no place given the energy transformation that is underway. 

South Korea’s new electricity plan - finalised in December 2020 - will see thermal coal consumption drop by almost 19 million tonnes per annum by 2030.  The Bylong coal project is inconsistent with this Green New Deal that is underway.

We note that KEPCO has advised the Korean Government that they have recently had an offer for purchase of the land from agricultural interests.

In order to avoid sinking yet more large sums of money into a stranded asset that will besmirch KEPCO’s reputation, we encourage you to relinquish the exploration lease and enable the land to be returned to agriculture and nature conservation.

Regenerative agriculture and carbon farming at Bylong would provide a global climate benefit that would be a credit to KEPCO.

Please act now to relinquish the exploration lease and enable the local community to rebuild around a new, clean future.

Will you sign?

Recent Signatures:

. Riki DavidsonRiki . Heather StolleHeather . Matthew JudgeMatthew . Carol SaadCarol . Dianne ChildDianne . Lorraine CampbellLorraine . Bill ManningBill . Ian CattIan . Julie ReynoldsJulie . Peter StricklandPeter . John BeasleyJohn . Keelah LamKeelah . Lesley KinneyLesley . Pete BellewPete . Robin McTaggartRobin . Laila BazziLaila . Lillian ReillyLillian . Lesley McFarlaneLesley . Miles HarveyMiles . Ian SimmonsIan

  • Riki Davidson
    signed 2021-09-26 03:06:27 +1000
  • Heather Stolle
    signed 2021-09-25 19:04:33 +1000
  • Matthew Judge
    signed 2021-09-25 11:57:26 +1000
    Allow the sale to be open and well published throughout NSW and Australia.
  • Carol Saad
    signed 2021-09-24 20:33:56 +1000
    Making this land for agricultural use is the ethical and right thing to do. The best PR you could possibly achieve.
  • Dianne Child
    signed 2021-09-24 09:55:01 +1000
  • Lorraine Campbell
    signed 2021-09-23 21:30:35 +1000
  • Bill Manning
    signed 2021-09-23 18:38:28 +1000
  • Ian Catt
    signed 2021-09-23 15:54:05 +1000
  • Julie Reynolds
    signed 2021-09-23 13:52:19 +1000
  • Peter Strickland
    signed 2021-09-23 09:55:37 +1000
  • John Beasley
    signed 2021-09-23 06:48:18 +1000
  • Keelah Lam
    signed 2021-09-22 22:32:35 +1000
  • Lesley Kinney
    signed 2021-09-22 21:48:42 +1000
  • Pete Bellew
    signed 2021-09-22 21:45:06 +1000
  • Robin McTaggart
    signed 2021-09-22 18:27:56 +1000
  • Laila Bazzi
    signed 2021-09-22 15:21:28 +1000
  • Lillian Reilly
    signed 2021-09-22 14:23:23 +1000
    This community has suffered long and hard. The land must be returned to agricultural use for the sake of the community’s future.
  • Lesley McFarlane
    signed 2021-09-22 10:50:09 +1000
  • Miles Harvey
    signed 2021-09-22 10:45:55 +1000
    Dear Cheong Seung-il, CEO, your land is really farming land and that is its value. Now would be a good time to write down the value of the land and include the loss amongst all of the other losses that have arisen because of covid-19.
  • Ian Simmons
    signed 2021-09-22 10:35:44 +1000
  • Vera Elvery
    signed 2021-09-22 09:23:22 +1000
  • Margaret Cameron
    signed 2021-09-22 07:31:53 +1000
  • Paul Munro
    signed 2021-09-21 22:19:40 +1000
  • mervyn vessey
    signed 2021-09-21 21:28:51 +1000
    thank you for your help now we can reciprocate

    lets get all the land back
  • Stephen Donovan
    signed 2021-09-21 21:16:35 +1000
  • Laura Fisher
    signed 2021-09-21 20:32:25 +1000
  • John French
    signed 2021-09-21 17:54:19 +1000
    The IPCC’s Climate Report (2021) showed that the two main actions necessary to limit global warming to 1.5C is (a) to decline global GHG emissions from 2020’s onwards. and (b) reach net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.


    It is now unequivocal that human-caused emissions, such as burning /using fossil fuels and cutting down trees, are responsible for recent warmings. Of the 1.1 C of warming we’ve experienced since the pre-industrial era, the IPCC finds that less than 0/1 C is due to natural forcings, such as volcanos or variations in the sun.


    It is time for governments, businesses, investors and consumers to step up their actions to be commensurate with the scale of the crises we face. So, roll on the re-wiring of the world using RE and ecological literate leadership.
  • Maylene Merrett
    signed 2021-09-21 16:45:39 +1000
  • Elizabeth Stevenson
    signed 2021-09-21 16:03:07 +1000
  • Bradley Traynor
    signed 2021-09-21 15:55:24 +1000
    I am against new coal mines when the existing ones are running at less than full capacity. In a World of environmental awareness and moves to reduce carbon emissions, the search for new coal mines seems to go against all logic.

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