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The following rule developments are being considered. 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 Rules | Well Construction Rules

Oil and Gas Rules

Section 259.010 creates the eight member State Oil and Gas Council. The council adopts and amends rules and regulations pursuant to Chapter 259, RSMo, to govern the oil and gas industry in Missouri, to establish standards for well drilling or operation, underground storage of hydrocarbons, and the production of oil and/or gas, and to establish fees to administer the law.

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

10 CSR 50 draft

Rulemaking Report

Oil and Gas Fee Stakeholder meeting presentation (revised) - July 9, 2015

Summary of Expenditure Scenarios
Scenario F Job Duties
Scenario F Projected Expenditures

Oil and Gas Fee Calculator

Comments to any proposed draft may be submitted to Summer Young, Missouri Geological Survey, at or by mail at PO Box 250, Rolla MO  65402.

Well Construction Rules

Section 256.605 creates the nine member Well Installation Board. The board adopts and amends rules and regulations pursuant to Chapter 536, RSMo, to govern the regulation of the well, heat pump, monitoring well, and pump installation industry in Missouri, to establish standards that will protect Missouri's groundwater, and to establish fees to administer the law.

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

Stakeholder meetings have been completed. The draft rule is being revised. (3/15)
10 CSR 23-1.010 Definitions draft-csr1023-1.010-5-6-14

The draft rule has been submitted to DNR legal for approval. (3/15)
10 CSR 23-1.030 Types of Wells draft-csr1023-1.030-4-28-14

The draft rule has been submitted for interagency review. (4/15)
10 CSR 23-1.040 Modification by the Division draft-csr1023-1.040-4-16-15

The draft rule has been submitted to DNR legal for approval. (3/15)
10 CSR 23-3.110 - Plugging of Wells (Water Wells) draft-csr1023-3.110-6-30-14 
Draft Public Well Plugging Diagram

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 draft-csr1023-1.075-5-2014

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

Draft rules should be ready for stakeholder meeting by fall 2015.

  • 10 CSR 23-3.010 Location of Wells
  • 10 CSR 23-3.020 General Protection of Groundwater Quality and Resources
  • 10 CSR 23-3.030 Standards for Construction of Wells
  • 10 CSR 23-3.040 Well Casing Seals and Connections
  • 10 CSR 23-3.050 Pump Installation
  • 10 CSR 23-3.060 Certification and Registration Reports
  • 10 CSR 23-3.070 Plastic Well Casing
  • 10 CSR 23-3.080 Liners
  • 10 CSR 23-3.090 Regionalization
  • 10 CSR 23-3.100 Sensitive Areas
  • 10 CSR 23-3.4010 Definitions (Monitoring Wells)
    10 CSR 23-3.4060 Construction Standards for Monitoring Wells
  • 10 CSR 23-5.010 Definitions (Heat Pumps)
  • 10 CSR 23-6.010-6.060 Test Hole Construction and Plugging Code (Chapter 6)

Rules to be Reviewed (2016)

  • 10 CSR 23-1.020 Application to All Wells
  • 10 CSR 23-1.050 Qualifications
  • 10 CSR 23-1.060 Application for a Permit
  • 10 CSR 23-1.080 Denial of an Application
  • 10 CSR 23-1.090 Permit Requirement
  • 10 CSR 23-1.105 Permit Renewal
  • 10 CSR 23-1.130 Reinstatement
  • 10 CSR 23-1.140 Placement of Permit Number
  • 10 CSR 23-1.155 Well Drilling and Pump Installation Machine Registration
  • 10 CSR 23-1.160 Mail and Notification Procedures
  • 10 CSR 23-2.010 Fee Structure

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



Learn about the Rules in Development Process.