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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

Department staff have been working with stakeholders to develop a group of proposed changes to the Oil and Gas Council Rules in Title 10, Division 50 of the Code of State Regulations (10 CSR 50). The department is utilizing stakeholder input to prepare an initial draft of the proposed rule amendments.

Rules in Initial Development

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
10 CSR 50-5 Unitization of Oil and Gas Fields or Pools

Comments to any proposed draft may be submitted to Sheri Fry, Rules Coordinator of the Geological Survey Program, at or by mail at PO Box 250, Rolla MO  65402.


Missouri Well Construction Rules

The program has developed the following rulemaking strategy 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

Rules in Initial Development

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

10 CSR 23-1.010 Definitions draft-csr1023-1.010-5-6-14     
10 CSR 23-1.030 Types of Wells draft-csr1023-1.030-4-28-14   
10 CSR 23-1.040 Modification by the Division draft-csr1023-1.040-4-24-14 

Stakeholder meetings to obtain input on proposed rule changes have been scheduled for the following.  Please plan to attend one of these meetings; your input is important in determining how we proceed with these changes. Please call or check our Web page for updates.

10 CSR 23-3.110 - Plugging of Wells (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 - Plugging of Wells 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.

The Well Installation Board approved the Finding of Necessity for revision of the following rules.  The next step will be filing with the Secretary of State to put the proposed rule on Public Notice.

10 CSR 23-1.075 Disciplinary Action and Appeal Procedures

The 2013 legislative session saw the passage 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 Appeal Procedures (10 CSR 23-1.075), invalid.
Section 621.250 RSMo, was amended to include the Water Well Driller’s Act, Chapter 256.600 – 256.640.  This law now states that, "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 (AHC), whose decision will be final.  The department initiated rulemaking to address these changes.  In the interim, the procedure to file an appeal with the AHC may be found online at (see Section 621.250).
Questions regarding this change should be directed to Sheri Fry at 573-368-2115.

Rules on Public Notice
None at this time.

Rules in Final Development
None at this time.

Decisions Completed
None at this time.

Rules to be Reviewed

Rules to be Reviewed (2015)

Comments to any proposed draft may be submitted to Sheri Fry, Rules Coordinator of the Geological Survey Program, at or by mail at PO Box 250, Rolla MO  65402.


Learn about the Rules in Development Process.