In the pristine Bylong Valley, which boasts some of NSW’s best agricultural land, Korean power company KEPCO plans to build a new coal mine, threatening farming, water security and Bylong’s social fabric. This comes at a time when the coal price is plummeting and the world is turning to renewables. The greenfield mine, designed to power KEPCO’s Korean power stations, will significantly impact ‘Tarwyn Park’, the property renowned for its sustainable land use methods. KEPCO also proposes moving rich soils, the local Catholic cemetery and local school, which lie in the path of the mine, to another area. The project is bathed in the shadow of the infamous corruption scandal that engulfed the Obeid family and former Mining Minister Ian Macdonald and, after a lengthy ICAC investigation, helped shatter public faith in the integrity of NSW’s planning process.
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