In June 2016, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) announced that it had contracted with the STONGER group (State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations; online at http://www.strongerinc.org/) to conduct a comprehensive review of all of Virginia’s gas and oil regulations. (Virginia’s gas and oil regulations are available online at https://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DMME/LawsRegs.shtml#gasoil.) STRONGER did a similar review in 2004 (a PDF of that review is available online at http://www.strongerinc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Virginia-Initial-Review-4-2004.pdf), so the current review is being termed a “follow up.” The group conducted the 2016 review from August 8-11 in Abingdon, and it expects to publish the “State Review Report of the 2016 Virginia Follow-Up Review” in December 2016.
Proposed state fracking review by private group concerns environmentalists, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 6/25/16.
Virginia Natural Gas Regulations to be reviewed by STRONGER, DMME News Release, 8/3/16.
STRONGER Completes Virginia In-State Interview, STRONGER News Release, 8/11/16.
For more details on natural gas developments in Virginia, please see this News Grouper post.