SB 48 Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area; prohibition on oil and gas drilling.
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Summary as passed Senate: (all summaries)

Drilling in the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area. Allows the drilling for oil and gas in the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area if certain Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) standards for the protection of groundwater and surface water are met. The Department of Mining, Minerals and Energy (DMME) is not authorized to issue a permit to drill in the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area until DEQ has completed its review of (i) the current surface water and groundwater quality and quantity regulations in the management area and (ii) any amendments to the regulation that are necessary to protect groundwater and surface water. The DEQ review is to be completed by December 1, 2014. The State Water Control Board, as the policy board, is required to use its best efforts to adopt any changes in the regulations by July 1, 2016. The DEQ is also charged with reviewing any criteria and procedures for preparation and evaluation of the environmental impact assessments that the permit applicant is required to submit to DMME. The bill requires the assessment to include the impact of drilling, production, and transportation on surface and groundwater quality and supply. The DEQ shall use its best efforts to review and incorporate any changes to the assessment by October 1, 2015.

Full text:
12/17/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100454D  pdf | impact statement
01/30/14  Senate: Committee substitute printed 14103907D-S1  pdf
02/05/14  Senate: Printed as engrossed 14103907D-ES1  pdf | impact statement

Amendments:
Senate amendments

Status:
12/17/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100454D
12/17/13  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/30/14  Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (15-Y 0-N)
01/30/14  Senate: Committee substitute printed 14103907D-S1
02/03/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/04/14  Senate: Read second time
02/04/14  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/04/14  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 14103907D-S1
02/04/14  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB48S1
02/05/14  Senate: Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/14  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/05/14  Senate: Amendments by Senator Stuart agreed to
02/05/14  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB48ES1
02/05/14  Senate: Printed as engrossed 14103907D-ES1
02/05/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 1-N)
02/05/14  Senate: Passed Senate (27-Y 12-N)
02/05/14  Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/14  Senate: Passed Senate (28-Y 12-N)
02/07/14  House: Placed on Calendar
02/07/14  House: Read first time
02/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/27/14  House: Tabled in Commerce and Labor by voice vote