Chesapeake Bay, Drilling for Oil or Gas Prohibited (Virginia)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Virginia|
|Name||Chesapeake Bay, Drilling for Oil or Gas Prohibited (Virginia)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Environmental Regulations|
|Affected Technologies||Natural Gas|
|Program Administrator||Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy|
|Applicable Jurisdiction||Chesapeake Bay|
Drilling for oil or gas in the waters or within 500 hundred feet from the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay or any of its tributaries is prohibited.
If a person or entity desires to drill for oil or gas in any area of Tidewater Virginia where drilling is not prohibited, an environmental impact assessment is required as part of the permit to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. Other provisions under the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality then apply. No permits for oil production wells will be issued until the Governor has had an opportunity to review the report and make recommendations, in the public interest, for legislative and regulatory changes, and that legislation has become effective.
|Department||Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Va. Code 62.1-195.1|