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

  • Graham Barnes
    signed 2021-09-16 06:17:48 +1000
    We need to return Australian land to Australian ownership, especially good arable land, to produce food crops. Future global warming will have adverse effects in the form of droughts and floods and reserve ground will be necessary. Please give Australian agribusiness the first optio to buy and repopulate Bylong Valley.
  • Nicola Sheaffe
    signed 2021-09-16 06:15:44 +1000
  • Judith Fanton
    signed 2021-09-16 06:15:36 +1000
    Australia is the major polluter of the south west Pacific, South Korea of the north west. Please do this for the reputation of each country, and the clean air of the world.
  • Maree Jenner
    signed 2021-09-16 06:12:34 +1000
  • Phil Harvey
    signed 2021-09-16 06:12:01 +1000
  • Douglas Benson
    signed 2021-09-16 06:00:45 +1000
  • Deb Clift
    signed 2021-09-16 05:32:47 +1000
  • Sandra Greacen
    signed 2021-09-16 03:58:44 +1000
  • Peter Richards
    signed 2021-09-16 03:57:51 +1000
  • Sharyn Unitt
    signed 2021-09-16 03:57:22 +1000
  • Shandell Cummins
    signed 2021-09-16 03:48:56 +1000
  • Maz OCallaghan
    signed 2021-09-16 02:19:07 +1000
  • wal cooper
    signed 2021-09-16 01:05:26 +1000
  • Pedro Smith
    signed 2021-09-16 00:53:17 +1000
  • Denise Lytle
    signed 2021-09-16 00:49:06 +1000
  • Heather Kjoller
    signed 2021-09-16 00:19:10 +1000
    It’s the RIGHT thing to do – farmers are the backbone of our nation and the land should be returned to those who will value it most.
  • Angela Soddu
    signed 2021-09-16 00:13:41 +1000
  • Jeanette Maynard
    signed 2021-09-16 00:07:23 +1000
  • Mary O'Byrne
    signed 2021-09-15 23:54:54 +1000
    In advance I & my family thank you for supporting the future of our planet & the fight to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions & fight Climate Change.
  • Chris Keijzer
    signed 2021-09-15 23:36:45 +1000
  • Heidi Rix
    signed 2021-09-15 23:26:14 +1000
  • pat Grainger
    signed 2021-09-15 23:26:09 +1000
    Congratulations — a win!

    Long way to go yet. Best wishes,

  • Peter Jaggle
    signed 2021-09-15 23:25:38 +1000
  • Dallas Cox
    signed 2021-09-15 23:12:08 +1000
  • Christine Hartley
    signed 2021-09-15 23:11:22 +1000
  • Wendy Williams
    signed 2021-09-15 23:06:12 +1000
  • David Tandy
    signed 2021-09-15 22:47:47 +1000
  • Nicola Hollinshead
    signed 2021-09-15 22:38:55 +1000
  • Jan Rodda
    signed 2021-09-15 22:30:17 +1000
    Please include a fair percentage of transfer of viable land to indigenous Traditional Owners.
  • Naomi Hodge
    signed 2021-09-15 22:30:13 +1000


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