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Code of Virginia
Title 45.1. Mines and Mining
Chapter 22.1. The Virginia Gas and Oil Act
10/26/2021

§ 45.1-361.41. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Interference by injection wells with ground water supply.

A. Any person who owns or operates an injection well in a manner that proximately causes the contamination or diminution of ground water used for a beneficial use by any person who resides within the lesser of (i) the area of review required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the permitting of that injection well, or (ii) a one-half mile radius of the well shall provide the person with a replacement water supply. A replacement water supply shall provide the person or persons with water of equivalent quality and quantity as was provided by ground water prior to the contamination or diminution of the water supply resulting from the operation of the injection well. A replacement water supply shall include the provision of necessary storage and service facilities. "Ground water" shall have the same meaning ascribed to it in § 62.1-255. "Beneficial use" shall have the same meaning ascribed to it in § 62.1-10.

B. This section shall apply to any injection well, whether operating under a permit from the Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy issued prior to, on or after July 1, 1992.

1992, c. 324; 1993, c. 276.

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