The Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill 2016 also amends the Mineral Resources Act 1989 introducing a new Chapter 12 Part 4A which imposes a moratorium relating to “mineral (f)”.

Mineral (f) is a product that may be extracted or produced by an underground gasification process for coal or oil shale.

The ban was first announced in April 2016, however it has only recently been given legislative effect. The initial ban was a response to challenges faced with a number of pilot underground gasification projects in Queensland.

Following the legislative change, the Minister was quoted as stating:

“Issues associated with two of the three trial projects and the uncertainty about commercial scale operations, have highlighted significant risks with this industry which are just not acceptable.”