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


2,156 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:

. Colin McLeanColin . 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

  • Julie Small
    signed 2021-09-16 08:14:51 +1000
    Please return this beautiful land to the locals
  • John Attwood
    signed 2021-09-16 08:07:40 +1000
  • Amanda Whiles
    signed 2021-09-16 08:03:34 +1000
  • jan goroncy
    signed 2021-09-16 07:57:49 +1000
  • Sally Hudson
    signed 2021-09-16 07:53:18 +1000
  • Olivia Kennedy
    signed 2021-09-16 07:32:43 +1000
  • Christine Leach
    signed 2021-09-16 07:30:30 +1000
  • Kyles Woodbury
    signed 2021-09-16 07:28:38 +1000
  • Andy Yeomans
    signed 2021-09-16 07:28:17 +1000
  • Gil Jones
    signed 2021-09-16 07:24:18 +1000
  • Michael Fleming
    signed 2021-09-16 07:18:29 +1000
  • Susan Hall
    signed 2021-09-16 07:16:09 +1000
  • Matthew Binks
    signed 2021-09-16 07:08:49 +1000
  • Glyn Gardner
    signed 2021-09-16 07:08:24 +1000
    Dear KEPCO CEO. Now is the time for KEPCO to repair its reputation by accepting that it cannot proceed with the Bylong coal project and return the land back for agriculture and nature conservation. There has been, and continues to be, huge community opposition to your coal mine, and the worldwide concerns for climate change, means that KEPCO can be seen to be acknowledging these concerns by restoring the land for agriculture and conservation. Our family hopes that you take this action without further delay. Thank you.
  • Patricia Rhodes
    signed 2021-09-16 07:07:14 +1000
  • merridy Cairn-Duff
    signed via 2021-09-16 06:56:56 +1000
    the valley is so stunning and an important travel route to enable people to cross from East to West without otherwise doing a massive detour to Sydney area. The town of Bylong and that travel route could be a spectacular tourist attraction and warrant investment in that area- perhaps Kemco would like to consider that?- eclectic boutique farm stays and wineries, tourist guides and tours, nobody wants to look at a coal mine, EVERYBODY wants to relax and look at beautiful scenery and drink good wine
  • Tony Baron
    signed 2021-09-16 06:56:44 +1000
    Mines come & go at the expense of the environment – and we only have one of those (in a rather unhealthy state).
  • lesley sammon
    signed 2021-09-16 06:54:59 +1000
  • Gae Parmenter
    signed 2021-09-16 06:54:48 +1000
  • Ross Duncan
    signed 2021-09-16 06:53:50 +1000
  • Yvonne Hartman
    signed 2021-09-16 06:50:33 +1000
  • Janet Reynolds
    signed 2021-09-16 06:49:14 +1000
    Please return the land to those who will care for it.
  • Amanda Lockton
    signed 2021-09-16 06:47:31 +1000
  • Danny O’Brien
    signed 2021-09-16 06:46:56 +1000
  • elaine mcnamara
    signed 2021-09-16 06:45:09 +1000
  • J Hunt
    signed 2021-09-16 06:38:52 +1000
    Korea has the greatest global tidal power station and I suggest that this be expanded, please comsider
  • Arnaud Bernard
    signed 2021-09-16 06:34:03 +1000
  • Jennie
    signed 2021-09-16 06:29:52 +1000
    We need a healthy planet, regenerative agriculture, innovative clean energy and food security, we do not need fossil fuels.
  • Melissa Gray
    signed 2021-09-16 06:22:56 +1000
  • Janie Smith
    signed 2021-09-16 06:22:18 +1000
    Please return this land to local farmers for longevity’ purposes to have a viable industry for future generations.

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