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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

  • Sue Anderson
    signed 2021-09-14 18:03:56 +1000
  • John Sot
    signed 2021-09-14 18:03:56 +1000
  • Sharon Pie
    signed 2021-09-14 18:03:47 +1000
    The message is perfectly clear, Bylong is sacrosanct!
  • David Paul
    signed 2021-09-14 18:03:33 +1000
  • Margaret Ning
    signed 2021-09-14 18:03:30 +1000
    Returning the land to agriculture would be a great result. Please do it!
  • Julia Lee
    signed 2021-09-14 18:03:21 +1000
    Climate change is happening now and we don’t need anymore mines. Coal is a dying industry, renewables are cheaper and cleaner. Please take the sensible approach and relinquish the mining rights. Do the right thing and think of future generations.
  • Marion Glover
    signed 2021-09-14 18:02:45 +1000
  • Patricia Saunders
    signed 2021-09-14 18:02:38 +1000
    Having grown up in the country, with relatives on the land, I know how vitally important a thriving, vibrant community is to farming families.
  • Roberta and Ken Crawford-Condie
    signed 2021-09-14 18:02:28 +1000
    Fantastic news. Very well done. Congratulations.
  • Rose Milton-Head
    signed 2021-09-14 18:01:24 +1000
    Protect our farmland for Australians.
  • Louise Brogan
    signed 2021-09-14 18:01:09 +1000
  • JIll Green
    signed 2021-09-14 18:00:35 +1000
    Don’t let the land be sold to some big agribusiness. Support regenerative agriculture
  • Rosemary Doyle
    signed 2021-09-14 18:00:24 +1000
    Congratulations to all the Davids who never gave up in this environmental battle against Goliath of coal. May the valley flourish again agriculturally.
  • Sally Schmidt
    signed 2021-09-14 18:00:11 +1000
  • Max Mosher
    signed 2021-09-14 18:00:06 +1000
  • Robyn Allen
    signed 2021-09-14 17:59:54 +1000
  • Andrew Woodman
    signed 2021-09-14 17:59:46 +1000
  • John Bardsley
    signed 2021-09-14 17:59:37 +1000
  • Gregor Zubicky
    signed 2021-09-14 17:59:37 +1000
    Please do this urgently. A community has already been destroyed to no purpose – let a new one begin!
  • Sybille Frank
    signed 2021-09-14 17:59:02 +1000
  • Philip Wallis
    signed 2021-09-14 17:58:54 +1000
  • Sue Whare
    signed 2021-09-14 17:58:53 +1000
  • Beatrice Ludwig
    signed 2021-09-14 17:58:52 +1000
    A new future for beautiful Bylong!
  • Mari Lourey
    signed 2021-09-14 17:58:19 +1000
  • Judy Hardy-Holden
    signed 2021-09-14 17:57:48 +1000
    what better use could this land be put to than agriculture, now it is not to be destroyed by mining.
  • Helen Jordan
    signed 2021-09-14 17:57:39 +1000
  • Janine Frede
    signed 2021-09-14 17:57:26 +1000
  • Toni Gorman
    signed 2021-09-14 17:57:25 +1000
    Please return the land. Agriculture benefits the earth.
  • Jenn Price
    signed 2021-09-14 17:57:21 +1000
    Sensational hard earned win !!!

    I hope the land is returned from Northern hemisphere foreign hands to the local community
  • Ruth Thompson
    signed 2021-09-14 17:57:12 +1000