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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

  • Estelle Dollfus-Gates
    signed 2021-09-14 18:23:05 +1000
  • Ian Buchanan
    signed 2021-09-14 18:22:57 +1000
    If I was 50 years younger would love to buy a farm in the Valley
  • Kirsten Hill
    signed 2021-09-14 18:22:17 +1000
  • John De Figueiredo
    signed 2021-09-14 18:22:17 +1000
    Congratulations, Phill, great work.

    Despite our coal-loving Federal Government you have succeeded stopping yet another coal mine from opening. With all the warnings coming from many sources including the IPCC, the Australian Climate Council, Dr Jonathan Pershing – Deputy US presidential climate envoy, Admiral Chris Barrie – member of the Australian Security Leaders Climate Group, John Grimes – Chief Executive, Smart Energy Council and numerous climate scientists, new coal mines must be stopped.
  • Rolf Meier
    signed 2021-09-14 18:21:48 +1000
  • Judy Schneider
    signed 2021-09-14 18:21:44 +1000
  • Adrienne Shilling
    signed 2021-09-14 18:21:43 +1000
    We desperately need good land for agriculture – strong soil, water and farmers who understand the complexities of this area, including for partial conservation.

    Please relinquish the exploration lease soon.
  • Alexandra Seddon
    signed 2021-09-14 18:21:21 +1000
  • Penny Auburn
    signed 2021-09-14 18:21:21 +1000
    At last … let’s see beautiful Bylong return to the thriving agricultural community it once was. Congratulations Phil Kennedy and all the Bylong battlers for your persistence … and for winning! Bravo!

    And now here’s hoping Kepco will sell the land to appropriate agricultural interests … such as regenerative farming, which has a history in the valley.
  • kim lawson
    signed 2021-09-14 18:21:18 +1000
  • Libby Jones
    signed 2021-09-14 18:20:58 +1000
    This is good news! All the other coal mines must also prevented too! The landscape and water are for too precious for coal mining to be allowed. Gas mining must also be stopped!
  • Julie Burton
    signed via 2021-09-14 18:20:32 +1000
  • Mary Duckett
    signed 2021-09-14 18:20:16 +1000
  • Janet Hanepen
    signed 2021-09-14 18:20:08 +1000
  • Donald Trent
    signed 2021-09-14 18:20:02 +1000
  • Michael Colliver
    signed 2021-09-14 18:19:57 +1000
    Miners are the worst the land is rarely returned to before the plundering for profit
  • Frances Wilmore
    signed 2021-09-14 18:19:32 +1000
  • Gabrielle Duigu
    signed 2021-09-14 18:19:02 +1000
  • Malcolm Wallace
    signed 2021-09-14 18:18:52 +1000
  • Julie Leman
    signed 2021-09-14 18:18:45 +1000
    Return the Bylong to agriculture and nature conservation
  • Trish and John Highfield
    signed 2021-09-14 18:18:09 +1000
    The Bylong is one of the most beautiful places we have visited. As guests on family owned property this showed us just how much value is added when the personal care and dedication of farmers living on their properties with land care knowledge make such a difference
  • Gai Anderson
    signed 2021-09-14 18:18:05 +1000
  • Paul Walton
    signed 2021-09-14 18:17:19 +1000
  • Meredith Luke
    signed 2021-09-14 18:17:04 +1000
    Meredith Luke
  • Wendy Garthon
    signed 2021-09-14 18:16:49 +1000
    It’s no good for mining so please do the right thing and sell it back for a reasonable price to the farmers. There’s been enough damage done.
  • Janet Fenwick
    signed 2021-09-14 18:16:42 +1000
  • Richard Stanford
    signed 2021-09-14 18:16:40 +1000
  • Celia Morgan
    signed 2021-09-14 18:16:34 +1000
  • Jason Stevens
    signed 2021-09-14 18:16:24 +1000
  • Alan Baker
    signed 2021-09-14 18:16:12 +1000