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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

  • Pamela Jones
    signed 2021-09-14 17:30:39 +1000
  • Allan Seymour
    signed 2021-09-14 17:30:25 +1000
  • Adrian Holbeck
    signed 2021-09-14 17:30:21 +1000
  • Mark Singer
    signed 2021-09-14 17:30:21 +1000
  • Fiona Henson
    signed 2021-09-14 17:28:59 +1000
  • Tim Clifford
    signed 2021-09-14 17:28:48 +1000
  • Elizabeth Vasta
    signed 2021-09-14 17:28:45 +1000
  • Elizabeth O'Hara
    signed 2021-09-14 17:28:35 +1000
  • Angela Hawes
    signed 2021-09-14 17:28:34 +1000
    Please sell the land back to the farmers and help us rebuild the community!
  • Michael Faine
    signed 2021-09-14 17:28:24 +1000
    This is a great outcome for all.
  • Anneke Van Tholen
    signed 2021-09-14 17:28:20 +1000
    I’m with you!!
  • Anja Wetering
    signed 2021-09-14 17:28:01 +1000
    We Need the Farming land , please leave it alone.
  • Annette Dahler
    signed 2021-09-14 17:27:54 +1000
  • Ingerlise Armand
    signed 2021-09-14 17:27:33 +1000
  • Danielle Scott
    signed 2021-09-14 17:27:13 +1000
  • Marilyn Irons
    signed 2021-09-14 17:27:13 +1000
    The future is agriculture plus renewable energy not fossil fuels.\

    It has been proven that renewable energy especially solar works in tnadem with agriculture
  • Peter Wilson
    signed 2021-09-14 17:26:56 +1000
  • Greg Roberts
    signed 2021-09-14 17:26:50 +1000
    This is a superb and sensible win for the land of NSW and agriculture, and the urgent move towards Zero Carbon
  • Mike Marshall
    signed 2021-09-14 17:26:50 +1000
    Hi thanks for the email, I grew up in Bylong, played cricket and won a couple of premierships with John Knight, (Dad). John Mead, Dunny, Mick Burke etc all the legends.
  • Sharon Mcmahon
    signed 2021-09-14 17:26:44 +1000
    Give the land back for our future in agriculture & the people Bylong Valley.
  • Murray Oastler
    signed 2021-09-14 17:26:44 +1000
  • Robert Elphinston
    signed 2021-09-14 17:26:43 +1000
  • Lina Bartorilla
    signed 2021-09-14 17:26:37 +1000
  • Fiona Wheeler
    signed 2021-09-14 17:26:27 +1000
    Wonderful to see a win for people and their environment! Australia is slowly waking up!
  • Donald Landers
    signed 2021-09-14 17:26:20 +1000
  • Jason Makeig
    signed 2021-09-14 17:26:13 +1000
    Coal is over … The world needs to regenerate …
  • Jonathan Peter
    signed 2021-09-14 17:26:12 +1000
  • Christine Wheeler
    signed 2021-09-14 17:26:03 +1000
  • Russell Chiffey
    signed 2021-09-14 17:26:01 +1000
  • M Rowan
    signed 2021-09-14 17:24:39 +1000