Offshore oil and gas drilling; prohibition. (SB1573)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Offshore oil and gas drilling; prohibition. Prohibits the Marine Resources Commission or the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy from granting any lease or permit for oil or gas exploration or drilling, or the construction of oil or gas infrastructure, in the beds of any waters of the Commonwealth. Current law authorizes the granting of oil and gas leases on such state-owned bottomlands, which generally are those subaqueous lands lying within three miles of the shore. The bill also repeals a section of the Code of Virginia stating the Commonwealth's support for federal efforts to explore for natural gas more than 50 miles off shore. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103957D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/24/2019Committee substitute printed to LIS only 19105492D-S1
01/24/2019Passed by indefinitely in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)

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