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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

  • Noel Holland
    signed 2021-09-14 18:50:31 +1000
  • Richard Abbott
    signed 2021-09-14 18:49:59 +1000
  • Ro Bailey
    signed 2021-09-14 18:49:52 +1000
    The land is needed for agriculture, please do the right thing.
  • Chris Maltby
    signed 2021-09-14 18:49:46 +1000
    The Bylong valley had one of the first examples of regenerative agriculture. It needs to return to being an example to Australia and the world of how to produce food without harm and store more carbon in the soil. This is the only future for our planet – please support it.
  • Susie Ross
    signed 2021-09-14 18:48:38 +1000
  • Robyn Lawrence
    signed 2021-09-14 18:48:19 +1000
    Give us back our agricultural land please
  • Jack Amala
    signed 2021-09-14 18:47:53 +1000
    Respect for Country. Give It Back!
  • Josephine Brown
    signed 2021-09-14 18:47:48 +1000
  • Cheryl Kneipp
    signed 2021-09-14 18:47:22 +1000
    What an extraordinary outcome, Lock the Gate combined with Australian citizens who realise the necessity of fertile farming land and farmers who care, Congratulations to all and hope the outcome will be an occasion to celebrate.
  • Sandra Buck
    signed 2021-09-14 18:47:09 +1000
    Farmers need quality land and water to produce food. Please sell the land back to them.
  • Jane Paterson
    signed 2021-09-14 18:46:50 +1000
    Please return the land to the original farmers.
  • Martin Powell
    signed 2021-09-14 18:46:01 +1000
  • Rosalind Walters
    signed 2021-09-14 18:44:32 +1000
  • Evelyn Williames
    signed 2021-09-14 18:44:28 +1000
  • Robert Boyd
    signed 2021-09-14 18:44:19 +1000
  • Jason Hay
    signed 2021-09-14 18:43:09 +1000
  • Ilona Harsanyi
    signed 2021-09-14 18:42:20 +1000
  • Kate Kenner
    signed 2021-09-14 18:42:17 +1000
  • Geoff Lattimore
    signed 2021-09-14 18:42:07 +1000
  • Celia Smith
    signed 2021-09-14 18:41:19 +1000
  • Suzanne Collins
    signed 2021-09-14 18:41:16 +1000
  • Lorraine Higgins
    signed 2021-09-14 18:39:08 +1000
  • Paul Nudd
    signed 2021-09-14 18:39:06 +1000
    I support the community of Bylong, riding frequently from Newcastleto the Bylong store when it was open. I hope we can re-establish the community there and contribute towards the food supply for Australia.
  • Richard Leplastrier
    signed 2021-09-14 18:39:03 +1000
  • Dianne Eva
    signed 2021-09-14 18:38:57 +1000
  • Sally Fitzgerald
    signed 2021-09-14 18:38:35 +1000
  • amy brown
    signed 2021-09-14 18:38:11 +1000
  • Jim Kable
    signed 2021-09-14 18:38:02 +1000
    My ancestors had time in the region from nearly 200 years ago and even if not of Wiradjuri First Nations I continue to hold the beauty and significance of this valley and region as very important
  • Karin Olsen
    signed 2021-09-14 18:37:43 +1000
  • Anita Cillessen
    signed 2021-09-14 18:36:55 +1000