Pipeline construction; certification requirement, minimum diameter, stop work orders. (HB643)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), and Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Pipeline construction; certification requirement; minimum diameter; stop work orders. Reduces from 36 inches to 24 inches the minimum inside diameter of a natural gas transmission pipeline for which an individual Virginia Water Protection Permit, rather than a general permit, is required to conduct activities in wetlands or state waters or an additional upland activity certification is required to obtain a Clean Water Act Certification. The bill reduces from 15 percent to 10 percent the minimum grade of a slope on which any construction activities will trigger the requirement for such additional upland activity certification. The measure requires the Department of Environmental Quality, within five business days of the issuance of a stop work instruction, to notify the pipeline company of specific corrective measures that shall be completed and approved by the Department before any land-disturbing activity may be resumed. The bill authorizes the State Water Control Board, in addition to the Department, to issue such stop work instructions and adds requirements and restrictions on any further construction once such an instruction is issued. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104036D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
02/05/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/05/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107653D-H1
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107653D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB643H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (57-Y 41-N 1-A)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (57-Y 41-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB643H1)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/18/2020Passed by indefinitely in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.