'Democratic Caucus of SWVA' introduce bills to support landowners during pipeline disputes

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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ7) New bills introduced to the General Assembly may soon better protect landowners during pipeline construction.

Delegates Sam Rasoul and Chris Hurst, along with State Senator John Edwards, calling themselves the Democratic Caucus of Southwest Virginia, introduced four bills Thursday.

The bills would allow landowners to only let surveyors on their property at certain times, and force them to share findings with the homeowner.

It would also create daily checks on pipelines and hold those responsible accountable if something goes wrong.

Del. Hurst said, “There are several different ways that this pipeline project could not move forward. What we're focused on here while we're at the General Assembly Session is what can we do to address what's happened in the past that has been problematic for landowners and ensuring that landowner rights are protected and what can we do in the future to try and stave off any potential negative consequence or catastrophe that could happen if these pipelines are in fact constructed.”

To read the full bills filed Thursday, click here for SB 324, here for HB 1187, here for HB 1188, here for HB 1141, and here for HB 1294 which Del. Rasoul filed as a bond bill, but did not discuss it in Thursday’s press conference.

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