Oil shale development in Queensland

The environmental performance of oil shale mining and processing in Queensland is regulated under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 by the department.

All oil shale development is subject to assessment by environmental impact assessment under either the Environmental Protection Act 1994 or the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.

The department has produced a report reviewing the environmental performance (PDF, 3.3MB) of the oil shale processing demonstration plant, operated by Queensland Energy Resources Pty Ltd, against the requirements of its Environmental Authority, issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1994. The demonstration plant is located on the Stuart oil shale deposit near Gladstone in Central Queensland.

The department’s report found that the QER’s demonstration plant has consistently demonstrated a high level of environmental performance and has complied with the pollutant emission criteria in the Environmental Authority.