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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

  • Sinead Francis-Coan
    signed 2021-09-14 19:36:35 +1000
  • Michelle Roadley
    signed 2021-09-14 19:34:48 +1000
  • Ian McCarthy
    signed 2021-09-14 19:33:48 +1000
    Bylong valley is for farms and families.
  • Judith Arthy
    signed 2021-09-14 19:32:01 +1000
  • Lynette Chamas
    signed 2021-09-14 19:30:56 +1000
    Neither the Federal Government nor the State Government should allow any foreign acquisition of the Bylong lands. They should be purchased back from KEPCO by the NSW government and returned to the locals, who should never have had to go through this battle. Gladys Berejiklian has an opportunity here to repair, in some measure, the massive hit to her government that has come from a public fed up with climate change and politicians who are pathetically unwilling to do anything about it.
  • Carol Bennett
    signed 2021-09-14 19:30:20 +1000
  • Dora Evans
    signed 2021-09-14 19:29:43 +1000
  • Kaye Cook
    signed 2021-09-14 19:29:00 +1000
  • Nick Abel
    signed 2021-09-14 19:28:33 +1000
  • Sue Nakkan
    signed 2021-09-14 19:27:23 +1000
  • Liz Macdougall
    signed 2021-09-14 19:27:21 +1000
    Please also note that the United Nations has stated that Australia is expected to be free of coal production by 2030.
  • Richard Leech
    signed 2021-09-14 19:27:11 +1000
  • Diana Lyons
    signed 2021-09-14 19:26:59 +1000
  • Dianne Schahinger
    signed 2021-09-14 19:26:13 +1000
    Please do the right thing by the local community and sell back the land so they can rebuild their lives after 11 years of fighting to protect their livelihoods.
  • David Kelly
    signed 2021-09-14 19:26:04 +1000
  • Maree Kimberley
    signed 2021-09-14 19:25:14 +1000
  • David Chiffey
    signed 2021-09-14 19:23:54 +1000
  • Elisabeth Brasseur
    signed 2021-09-14 19:21:48 +1000
    Local farmers should never have been dislodged from the Bylong Valley in the first place, therefore all the properties should be returned to the community who will manage the land in a sustainable way.

    Such a beautiful valley. It never deserved to be mined in the 1st place. Now we don’t want the land to go to big farming interests, who in the same way would destroy the acquifer.

    The future of the planet is at stake here.

    We hope you will make the right decision.
  • Kathryn Lai
    signed 2021-09-14 19:20:40 +1000
  • Nerida Riley
    signed 2021-09-14 19:20:15 +1000
  • Leotien Parlevliet
    signed 2021-09-14 19:19:35 +1000
  • Sally Forsstrom
    signed 2021-09-14 19:19:26 +1000
  • Felicity Jefferson
    signed 2021-09-14 19:19:21 +1000
  • Sophia Platthy
    signed 2021-09-14 19:19:14 +1000
  • Campbell Griffin
    signed 2021-09-14 19:17:52 +1000
    Do the right thing.
  • Judith Lawson
    signed 2021-09-14 19:17:45 +1000
  • Ian Oxenford
    signed 2021-09-14 19:13:35 +1000
  • Anne Webb
    signed 2021-09-14 19:11:38 +1000
  • Dan Katz
    signed 2021-09-14 19:11:03 +1000
  • Noretta Terry
    signed 2021-09-14 19:09:44 +1000
    Small communities, like the people in the Bylong Valley, are so important to the viable fabric of the world in which we live. We all suffer if we keep polluting the Earth on which we all live, and coal not only pollutes, it adds to global warming.