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Code of Virginia
Title 45.1. Mines and Mining
Chapter 22.1. The Virginia Gas and Oil Act
10/20/2019

§ 45.1-361.2. Regulation of coal surface mining not affected by chapter.

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as limiting the powers of the Director relating to coal surface mining operations and reclamation. The provisions of Chapter 19 (§ 45.1-226 et seq.), including requirements for permits and bonds, shall apply to gas, oil, or geophysical operations located on areas for which a coal surface mining permit is in effect and shall be in addition to the requirements for gas, oil, or geophysical operations set forth in this chapter, except that well work and the operation of pipelines on areas that have been reclaimed by the surface mine operator or the Director shall be treated as postmining uses. The Director shall give special consideration to the development and promulgation of variances from the postmining use requirements of Chapter 19 for gas, oil, or geophysical operations; however, all such variances shall be consistent with the provisions of Chapter 19.

1982, c. 347, § 45.1-289; 1984, c. 590; 1990, c. 92; 2013, cc. 47, 129.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.