Pipeline construction projects; violations, cumulative effect, civil penalties. (HB644)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Pipeline construction projects; violations; cumulative effect; civil penalties. Directs the State Water Control Board to adopt regulations to penalize the accrual of violations of the State Water Control Law by any large natural gas transmission pipeline construction project. The bill requires the regulations to provide that, for every 10 such violations in one calendar month, the Board shall issue an accrued cumulative impact violation order that includes a civil penalty of $32,500. If a project accrues a total of 20 such violations in one calendar month, the Board shall additionally, after notice and hearing, initiate proceedings to halt work on the entirety of the project, with work to remain halted until corrective action is taken and is approved by the Board. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104045D
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 amendments (5-Y 3-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/07/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB644E
02/07/2020Printed as engrossed 20104045D-E
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)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB644E)
02/18/2020Committee substitute printed to LIS only printed 20108363D-S1
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 30 seconds.