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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

  • Debra Little
    signed 2021-09-14 18:36:38 +1000
  • Helen Clemens
    signed 2021-09-14 18:36:25 +1000
    Hope that you sell the land as agricultural land, leaving a positive legacy. Thanks.
  • Su Li Sin
    signed 2021-09-14 18:36:23 +1000
  • John Watt
    signed 2021-09-14 18:35:51 +1000
  • Helen Marsh
    signed 2021-09-14 18:35:17 +1000
  • Natalie Newton
    signed 2021-09-14 18:35:15 +1000
  • Janet Roden
    signed 2021-09-14 18:34:42 +1000
  • Joe Phillips
    signed 2021-09-14 18:33:59 +1000
  • Alana Jessop
    signed 2021-09-14 18:33:28 +1000
  • Peter Van Beek
    signed 2021-09-14 18:33:28 +1000
    Make sure it is not sold to huge overseas interests and that Australian family businesses have an equal chance to buy back our basic resources>\; good land and water
  • Rachel Andrews
    signed 2021-09-14 18:32:49 +1000
  • Jacqueline Marks
    signed 2021-09-14 18:32:45 +1000
    This is agricultural land, not mine-land. It should be available for the Bylong community.
  • Robert Pulie
    signed 2021-09-14 18:31:46 +1000
  • Franklin Briggs
    signed 2021-09-14 18:31:21 +1000
  • Bernhard Rickert
    signed 2021-09-14 18:30:11 +1000
  • Maria Arranz
    signed 2021-09-14 18:30:05 +1000
  • Jennifer Berry
    signed 2021-09-14 18:29:52 +1000
  • Julia Weisz
    signed 2021-09-14 18:29:35 +1000
    I absolutely support you in this. I hope that you will be able to feel safe and secure in the knowledge that your valley has been saved for now and future generations.
  • Jane Bullen
    signed 2021-09-14 18:29:25 +1000
  • Catherine Munro
    signed 2021-09-14 18:28:22 +1000
  • Timothy Mullen
    signed 2021-09-14 18:27:13 +1000
  • Hugh Vaughan
    signed 2021-09-14 18:26:53 +1000
  • Lin Johnston
    signed 2021-09-14 18:25:24 +1000
    Please let this land be returned to its original purpose!
  • Dallas Sutherland
    signed 2021-09-14 18:25:17 +1000
  • David Roberts
    signed 2021-09-14 18:24:44 +1000
  • Susan Berlach
    signed 2021-09-14 18:24:13 +1000
  • Theresa Rockendorfer
    signed 2021-09-14 18:24:08 +1000
  • Sean Corrigan
    signed 2021-09-14 18:23:55 +1000
  • Phillip Knight
    signed 2021-09-14 18:23:17 +1000
  • James Guider
    signed 2021-09-14 18:23:05 +1000
    Aust. Needs Resources Management Act protecting Land,Air, Water, EcoSystems like New Zealand 1991 to protect fragile soils in export driven country. This protects Food and Fibre production areas essential to Aust. Agriculture …Lock the Gate should push this, with help of Senator Rex Patrick and other Senators.