Pipeline construction permit; amount of civil penalty for violation. (HB646)

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


Offshore oil and gas drilling; prohibition on leases; policy. Prohibits the granting of a lease, easement, or permit on the beds of the coastal waters of the Commonwealth that would allow any infrastructure for conveying to shore oil or gas produced from offshore drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf Planning Area and removes any oil or gas lease granted on such beds from the mandate that such lease include a royalty payment requirement. The bill removes policy statements supporting federal efforts to permit oil and gas development 50 miles or more off the Atlantic shoreline. This bill incorporates HB 1016 and is identical to SB 795. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104051D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
02/05/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (58-Y 40-N 1-A)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (58-Y 40-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/18/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Committee substitute printed 20108102D-S1
02/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Passed by for the day
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/24/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108102D-S1
02/24/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB646S1
02/24/2020Passed Senate with substitute (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB646S1)
02/26/2020Placed on Calendar
02/26/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108102D-S1 (57-Y 39-N 1-A)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (57-Y 39-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB646ER)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB646ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/25/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 449 (effective 7/1/20)
03/25/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0449)


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 1 minute.