Environmental advocates had urged lawmakers to include banning new pipelines within 50 miles of the coast, but that provision has been dropped from the bill.
The current moratorium is set to end June 30. As a safeguard, the Senate also added an amendment to a separate bill that would extend the moratorium to 2020 should HB 413 not pass.
Lawmakers agreed to the original moratorium after public outcry over a proposal to build a 210-mile-long petroleum pipeline along the Savannah River and coastal Georgia. The decision led energy giant Kinder Morgan to suspend work on what was known as the Palmetto Pipeline, a $1 billion project that would have run from South Carolina to Florida.
With Senate passage, HB 413 now heads back to the state House for review with only one day — Thursday — left in this year’s legislative session.