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February 13 2013, 09:47AM

Environment Minister Andrew Powell said the environmental bar would be set high, as other commercial shale oil operations in Australia and overseas had been extremely limited.

Any proposal to mine or process oil shale will be forced to undergo a trial stage.

Mr Powell said that was partly about assessing the environmental effects of unproven technologies.

He said the Queensland Energy Resources trial plant at Gladstone had demonstrated the viability of its processing technology, and for that reason would be allowed to move to full commercial operation.

This is the second Bligh government mining ban the Newman government has overturned.

In October last year, it lifted a long-standing ban on uranium mining in Queensland after Prime Minister Julia Gillard decided to allow uranium sales to India.