Senate Bill 614, which was intended to repeal Virginia’s right-of-entry law for natural gas companies (includingpipeline surveying), has died.

There are many states with right-of-entry laws for surveyors. Many of them are relatively new while others have been established for many years. In Virginia’s case, it seems they have a right-of-entry law specific to natural gas pipelines, which includes pipeline surveying.The law that has everyone up in arms is Virginia Code?56-49.01. Natural gas companies; right of entry upon property, which passed in 2004.

I did some online research and found House Bill 1895, which was introduced in 2003. This is a typical right-of-entry law for surveyors like you would find in many other states. However, itfailed and is not a current part of the Virginia Code. I find it interesting that even though the 2003 bill failed, the 2004 bill passed, but very specific to the natural gas industry.

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Wendell Harness, PLS

Wendell was a Land Surveyor for 26 years, then moved on to building websites for his second career. But he never lost sight of the surveying community and the other disciplines related to surveying. He’s purposely stayed involved in the surveying industry because he has always been — and will continue to be — a Land Surveyor at heart.

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