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Geological Survey Rules in Development 

The following rule developments are being considered.  The Regulatory Impact Report provides information on the rule development. Please provide comments in the time frames indicated. All comments received will be posted with responses prior to filing as a proposed rulemaking. Once filed and published in the Missouri Register, there will be another opportunity to comment during the proposed rulemaking open comment period and public hearing prior to adoption. Thank you for your interest and assistance in developing these rules.


Oil and Gas Council Rules

Comments to any proposed draft may be submitted to Sheri Fry at or by mail at P.O. Box 250, Rolla, MO 65402.

10 CSR 50-1 Organization, Purpose and Definitions, 10 CSR 50-2 Oil and Gas Drilling and Production, 10 CSR 50-3 Spacing Units for Oil and Gas Pools, 10 CSR 50-4 Authorization for Pooling Units and 10 CSR 50-5 Unitization of Oil and Gas Fields or Pools


Missouri Well Construction Rules

Comments to any proposed draft may be submitted to Sheri Fry at or by mail at P.O. Box 250, Rolla, MO 65402.

Following is the link to the rulemaking strategy developed by staff for the review of the Missouri Well Construction Rules. If you have any questions, please contact Sheri Fry at 573-368-2115 or via email at

Rulemaking Strategy

draft-csr1023-1.010-5-6-14     Definitions

draft-csr1023-1.030-4-28-14   Types of Wells

draft-csr1023-1.040-4-24-14   Modification by the Division

The draft rule language may be presented to the Well Installation Board at the Aug. 22, 2014, meeting.


10 CSR 23-3 Well Construction Code
Staff from the department’s Geological Survey Program, Wellhead Protection Section, will be conducting stakeholder meetings for the purpose of obtaining comments on possible changes to Chapter 3 of the Missouri Well Construction Rules. These changes may potentially change how water wells are drilled in the State of Missouri.  Please plan to attend one of these meetings; your input is important in determining how we proceed with these changes. 

Please disregard all previous letters regarding stakeholder meetings. Two additional meeting locations have been added and a date and time have been changed.  The meeting dates previously scheduled in June have been rescheduled to dates and locations listed below in July.  All other meeting dates are tentative.  Please call or check our webpage for updates.

10 CSR 23-3.110 - Well Plugging

draft-csr1023-3.110-6-30-14  Plugging of Water Wells

Draft Public Well Plugging Diagram

The stakeholder meetings listed below will be held for the purpose of obtaining comments on proposed amendments to 10 CSR 23-3.110 - Well Plugging of the Missouri Well Construction Rules. This is the point in the rulemaking process to provide your comments on the draft proposal. 

July 8, 2014  6-8 p.m.                                        July 9, 2014  6-8 p.m.
Department of Natural Resources                         Department of Natural Resources
Southwest Regional Office                                   Southeast Regional Office
2040 W. Woodland                                              2155 Westwood Blvd.
Springfield, Missouri                                            Poplar Bluff, Missouri

July 15, 2014  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.                          July 15, 2014  6-8 p.m.
Department of Natural Resources                          Columbia Public Library
Northeast Regional Office                                      Friends Room
1709 Prospect Drive                                             100 W. Broadway
Macon, Missouri                                                  Columbia, Missouri

July 16, 2014  6-8 p.m.
Farmington Fire Department
222 E. Columbia Street
Farmington, Missouri

Please contact Sheri Fry at 573-368-2115 or with any questions or concerns.


10 CSR 23-1.075 Disciplinary Actions and Appeals Procedures
House Bill 28 – Missouri Well Construction Rules (10 CSR 23-1.075)


The 2013 legislative session saw the passing of House Bill 28, which amended many of the laws relating to the state’s natural resources, including the Water Well Driller’s Act.  Specifically, changes to Section 256.630, RSMo rendered the Missouri Well Construction Rule on Disciplinary Action and Appeals (10 CSR 23-1.075), invalid.

Section 621.250 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri (RSMo) was amended to include the Water Well Driller’s Act, Chapter 256.600 – 256.640.  This law now states, “All authority to hear contested case administrative appeals granted in chapters … 256 … shall be transferred to the administrative hearing commission ... For appeals pursuant to … chapter 256 … the administrative hearing commission shall render a final decision rather than a recommended decision.”

Simply put, all appeals will now be heard by the Administrative Hearing Commission, whose decision will be final.  Staff  have begun a new rulemaking to address these changes.  In the interim, the procedure to file an appeal with the Commission may be found online at (see Section 621.250).

Questions regarding this change should be directed to Sheri Fry at 573-368-2115.

The draft language reflects HB 28 which was passed during the last legislative session. 


Learn about the Rules in Development Process.