Natural gas pipelines; stop work orders. (SB1265)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), and Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Natural gas pipelines; stop work instructions. Authorizes the Department of Environmental Quality to conduct inspections of the land-disturbing activities related to construction of any natural gas transmission pipeline equal to or greater than 24 inches inside diameter. Current law authorizes such inspections only if such inside diameter is greater than 36 inches. The bill also specifies certain instances that may give rise to such inspection and authorizes the Department to issue a stop work instruction for every work area in Virginia in the event that substantial adverse impacts or likely adverse impacts are found on a repeated, frequent, and widespread basis. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101609D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1265)
02/04/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2021Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Committee substitute printed 21103789D-S1
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Read second time
02/05/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103789D-S1
02/05/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1265S1
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Read first time
02/07/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/09/2021Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
02/10/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1265S1)
02/15/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
02/17/2021Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Read second time
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Passed House (61-Y 39-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: Passage (61-Y 39-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1265ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1265ER)
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 277 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0277)

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