RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Chris Hurst (D-12) introduced legislation today to expand landowner rights along proposed pipeline routes and safeguard Virginia’s citizens and natural resources along pipeline routes.
House Bill 2112 curtails the ability of natural gas companies to enter private property to conduct surveys without landowner consent.
“I continue to vow to make fairness in the surveying process a top priority,” said Delegate Hurst. “As I’ve said before, this bill helps ensure that while these pipelines are considered, landowners are at the table and not on the menu.”
For far too long landowners have fallen victim to the unacceptable behavior of natural gas companies entering onto their property without sufficient warning and proper identification. HB 2112 empowers landowners, ensuring that natural gas companies cannot access private property without a timely notification of intent and
continued disclosure of all information pertaining to the property being surveyed.
“We know that in addition to the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline, more natural gas infrastructure will be proposed in the future,” said Delegate Hurst. “I want to make sure that the Commonwealth does its duty to protect the fundamental rights of landowners.”
In 2018, Delegate Hurst was given the “Legislative Leadership Award” by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters and received the “Leader Award” from the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club for his work advocating for property rights and environmental protection.
See the full text of HB 2112 here.