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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

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?

Showing 30 reactions

  • Gilly Gregory
    signed 2021-09-19 18:00:01 +1000
  • Catherine Lewis
    signed 2021-09-19 17:43:42 +1000
  • Suzette Markwell
    signed 2021-09-19 17:30:55 +1000
  • Charlotte Samiec
    signed 2021-09-19 17:19:42 +1000
  • Judith Kohlhagen
    signed 2021-09-19 15:29:23 +1000
  • Judy Goodley
    signed 2021-09-19 14:29:57 +1000
  • Leanne Plenderleith
    signed 2021-09-19 14:16:09 +1000
  • Lorraine Gibbs
    signed 2021-09-19 14:12:36 +1000
    The Bylong Valley should be maintained as the agricultural haven it has been. The planet does not need more mining of fossil fuels which destroy the landscape and the environment.
  • Claudia Caton
    signed 2021-09-19 12:42:16 +1000
  • Chris Lewis
    signed 2021-09-19 11:43:16 +1000
  • Ian West
    signed 2021-09-19 10:58:41 +1000
  • Karen Houghton
    signed 2021-09-19 09:44:31 +1000
    Fully support this rural community!!!
  • Blair Marks
    signed 2021-09-19 08:36:59 +1000
  • Julia Tierney
    signed 2021-09-19 08:27:46 +1000
  • Robert McLaughlin
    signed 2021-09-19 08:24:20 +1000
    This is beautiful agricultural country that must not be destroyed. No means NO!
  • Nina Payne
    signed 2021-09-19 08:20:51 +1000
    As climate change affects the planet, more land is needed to grow food.
  • Vicki Morrison
    signed 2021-09-19 08:11:45 +1000
  • Myee Clohessy
    signed 2021-09-18 23:41:58 +1000
  • Jenny Lewis
    signed 2021-09-18 22:52:16 +1000
  • Len Hobbs
    signed 2021-09-18 21:28:05 +1000
  • Beverley Durkin
    signed 2021-09-18 20:55:25 +1000
  • Bernadette Dahmes
    signed 2021-09-18 20:20:09 +1000
    The land belongs in the hands of the people of the Valley. To nurture and grow crops and livestock. Thanks you
  • Scott Turner
    signed 2021-09-18 20:03:51 +1000
    Please protect our farmers and our food supply, and please protect our climate to avoid worsening heatwaves, bushfires, floods, cyclones, and mosquito-borne illnesses. Please selling your land back to agricultural interests without delay.
  • Kate Lawson
    signed 2021-09-18 19:56:27 +1000
  • Jennifer Banfield
    signed 2021-09-18 18:52:08 +1000
    Please return the land to the Australians who wish to farm here and preserve this valley for future generations of Australians who love it.
  • Daniela Bradley
    signed 2021-09-18 18:48:13 +1000
  • Trish Heffernan
    signed 2021-09-18 17:37:45 +1000
  • Gavin Marshall
    signed 2021-09-18 17:09:26 +1000
  • Julie Squire
    signed 2021-09-18 16:43:13 +1000
    I grew up near this area and it is stunning country. No place for a mine.
  • Michele Squire
    signed 2021-09-18 16:04:59 +1000