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

2,155 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:

. jill wranjill . Ian BellIan . Patti McRaePatti . Laura BadbyLaura . Cathy BrownCathy . Bronwen EvansBronwen . Pamela ReevesPamela . John MartinJohn . J&U KarschJ&U . Danny BriggsDanny . Fay SheridanFay . Mossy Rock AlpacasMossy Rock . John SimpsonJohn . Amanda PahlAmanda . Christine SheridanChristine . Yasmin CrockettYasmin . Riki DavidsonRiki . Heather StolleHeather . Matthew JudgeMatthew . Carol SaadCarol

  • Susan Barling
    signed 2021-09-16 13:53:31 +1000
  • Nola Hancock
    signed 2021-09-16 13:49:08 +1000
  • Roz Martins
    signed 2021-09-16 13:46:56 +1000
  • Steve Gambrill
    signed 2021-09-16 13:41:22 +1000
  • Caroline Graham
    signed 2021-09-16 13:37:32 +1000
    I visited Bylong with a large organisation called Rivers SOS eleven years ago to show our support for local people opposing the destruction of their valley and way of life by coal mining. Please help them now ,
  • Bruce McNicol
    signed 2021-09-16 13:35:01 +1000
  • Michel Dawes
    signed 2021-09-16 13:28:01 +1000
    Please consider the future of our planet in relation to climate change generally and also the future of our agricultural sector specifically and agree to sell the land back to the local Bylong community.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mr Michel Dawes
  • Barbara Dunbar
    signed 2021-09-16 13:22:38 +1000
  • Jane Hopton
    signed 2021-09-16 13:20:04 +1000
  • Robyn Peters
    signed 2021-09-16 13:17:37 +1000
  • Lorraine Judd
    signed 2021-09-16 13:15:35 +1000
    We need food not mines give it back to farmers
  • Col Clayton
    signed 2021-09-16 13:14:55 +1000
  • Ross Glover
    signed 2021-09-16 13:08:35 +1000
    Please revert the beautiful Bylong Valley back to what it does best – agriculture. Preferably lots of ‘small’ farms.

  • John Harris
    signed 2021-09-16 13:04:06 +1000
    Please sell back to Australian agricultural interests, for best reputation.
  • Eadie Wiggins
    signed 2021-09-16 13:03:15 +1000
  • Diane Davies
    signed 2021-09-16 13:01:26 +1000
  • Karen Hart
    signed 2021-09-16 13:01:22 +1000
  • t La
    signed 2021-09-16 12:54:35 +1000
  • Pamela Hunt
    signed 2021-09-16 12:46:43 +1000
  • Simon Green
    signed 2021-09-16 12:46:34 +1000
  • Steve Strickleton
    signed 2021-09-16 12:36:04 +1000
  • Christine Underhill
    signed 2021-09-16 12:33:06 +1000
    Regenerative agriculture and carbon farming at Bylong will provide a global climate benefit that would be a credit to KEPCO
  • Robyn Wallace
    signed 2021-09-16 12:32:27 +1000
    So wrong
  • Kevin Wilson
    signed 2021-09-16 12:30:21 +1000
  • Trina Finnie
    signed 2021-09-16 12:26:38 +1000
    We need to secure farm land to ensure we have clean water and fertile land to grow crops and raise cattle. Allow our farmers to buy back this prime land!
  • Ross Murray
    signed 2021-09-16 12:15:29 +1000
  • Paul Osborn
    signed 2021-09-16 12:15:09 +1000
  • Christopher Brazier
    signed 2021-09-16 11:59:17 +1000
  • Jefferson Laurie
    signed 2021-09-16 11:54:01 +1000
  • Meredith Stanton
    signed 2021-09-16 11:49:37 +1000
    Bylong Valley farmers cannot afford to lose water access. Please relinquish the exploration lease to allow the area to remain farmland.


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