GOVERNMENTAL ISSUES

 
Governor Greitens’ Executive Order 17-11

The Executive Order signed in April of 2017, creates a task force to study all Boards and Commissions in the state. 


Basically, the executive order asks the task force to make recommendations for elimination and/or combining boards and commissions.  This would include the Well Installation Board(WIB) that decides on permitting issues and rulemaking that affect the drilling and pump installation industry

Currently the WIB board is made up of four industry members and four public members and one DNR staff member.  If that board is combined with other boards (for instance the Clean Water Commission, Public Drinking water board and Water Resources Boards; as the task force is currently proposing), it would probably eliminate or drastically cut the industry members.  We could have people who know nothing about drilling industry making decisions on our behalf about your permits and the rules that you have to follow.   

Below you will find a copy of the executive order, a list of task force members and their contact information and a copy of the letter we sent each of them with our concerns.  We also emailed each of them in June to offer to meet with them to discuss our concerns and went to the July 11 meeting they held in Jefferson City.  The next meeting is August 3, 2017

Feel free to contact them too with your concerns.

 

EXECUTIVE ORDER
17-11
RECEIVED & FILED
APR 11 2017
SECRETARY OF STATE
 

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

WHEREAS, Missouri government has created more than 200 different boards and commissions to issue licenses to Missourians seeking to make a living, regulate various occupations and professions. oversee different functions of government, and address specific issues; and

WHEREAS, some boards and commissions may unreasonably regulate Missourians through red tape, inefficiency, or improperly limiting access to a profession or service; and

WHEREAS, eliminating, consolidating, or restructuring some boards and commissions could improve Missourians' lives by removing barriers to pursuing professions or providing services;

and

WHEREAS, eliminating, consolidating, or restructuring boards and commissions could save taxpayer dollars and reduce the size and scope of government: and

WHEREAS, a task force is needed to study all existing boards and commissions, determine whether each board and commission is necessary, effective, and efficient, and make recommendations that will improve and streamline the existing system.

NOW THEREFORE, l, ERIC R. GREITENS, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOUR, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby order:

I. The Boards and Commissions Task Force is hereby established.

2. The goals of the Task Force shall be to:

a. Evaluate the purpose and necessity of each existing board and commission;
b. Determine the cost-effectiveness of each board and commission by considering their governmental economic, and societal costs and benefits;
c. Identify opportunities to eliminate or consolidate boards and commissions;
d. Identify opportunities to modify the size, mission, and structure of boards and commissions;
e. Identify opportunities to reduce barriers to entry from occupational licensing programs; and
f. Recommend comprehensive executive and legislative reform proposals to the Governor by October 3I, 2017.

3. The Task Force shall be comprised of 12 unpaid members:
a. Six individuals appointed by the Governor, which shall include the Lieutenant Governor and the Director of Boards and Commissions;
b. Three individuals appointed by the President Pro Tern of the Senate, which shall include at least one member of the majority party and one member of the minority party: and
c. Three individuals appointed by the Speaker of the House, which shall include at least one member of the majority party and one member of the minority party.

4. The Task Force shall be co-chaired by the Lieutenant Governor and the Director of Boards and Commissions.

5. The Governor's Policy Director or his designee shall be an ex officio member of the Commission.

6. Staff support for the Task Force shall be provided by the Division of Professional Registration.

7. The Task Force shall be dissolved upon the submission of its recommendations to the Governor.


LETTER FROM MWWA TO TASK FORCE MEMBERS


41200 Maries Road 630
Dixon MO  65459
(314) 974-MWWA(6992)
mwwa.mowaterwellassociation@yahoo.com

May 25, 2017

I am writing regarding the Task force created to implement Governor Greitens’ Executive Order # 17-11.  I understand you are a member.

I hope to show the extreme necessity of the Department of Natural Resources’(DNR) Well Installation Board (WIB), and the possible set back to the well drillers act as a whole if it is eliminated, or moved into another board..   My comments are meant to be in the best interest of the citizens of Missouri and to also protect the system that Missourians have in place to best serve the preservation of groundwater in this state.

The Well Installation Board was created and structured in such a way as to ensure a workable and reasonable blend of expertise and experience concerning decisions made that affect the protection of our groundwater. The way that the WIB achieves this goal is that it creates discussion that allows the board members to make decisions based on being exposed to information and technology from all parties involved and prevents a one-sided point of view. This system has been proven to work.

The Well Drillers Act was introduced through Senate Bill 281. It was passed and became effective in August 1985. The first regulations were written on Water Wells, permitting, and fees and went into full effect as of July of 1987. In 1991 SB221 was passed that amended the Well Drillers Act and created the Well Installation Board. It was also


amended to regulate the heat pump (geothermal), monitoring, and test hole drilling. It also permitted these additional types of contractors in these drilling categories. Now I point this out because the time span in which the Well Drillers Act was in place, prior to the WIB, things operated less than smoothly. Now the Well Head Protection Section in DNR’s Missouri Geologic Survey (MGS), with the help of the WIB is overseeing water well drilling and three additional industries that involve drilling.

There are other groups like the Farm Bureau, The Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund, Missouri Rural Water and Engineering Firms that all participate in these meetings from time to time.  This is a large undertaking for a small group in DNR and for this board.

The MWWA believes that the WIB, made up of drilling members from three different drilling industries, public members and a MGS member, is a necessity to fairly regulate all of these industries. The Board was conceived through a joint effort by the Missouri Water Well Association officers and members, Drilling industry members, legislative members, and also the MGS. This is one of the only laws that I have personally seen where all of the groups involved agreed that there was a serious need for. I say that there still is!

The MWWA has consulted about this matter with Dr. James Williams who is a past director of the

MGS and was one of the people instrumental in the development and creation of the WIB.  I would like to read you a quote from Dr. Williams “There are over 300,000 wells permitted in Missouri.   Means a lot of safe water to drink.  Add to that, approximately1600 permitted contractors of well drilling.  Permit renewals required each year. We can say the safest water to drink in the US is in Missouri.    The Missouri Water Well Association (MWWA) agrees with him.

MWWA celebrates its 85TH year in 2017, and the drilling industry in Missouri is older than that.  Most of the people in this State have been supplied water by a Missouri Water Well Contractor at some point in their lifetime.  I would like to point out that there are an untold combined number of years of knowledge and experience within the drilling community. Information that cannot and is not taught academically. This very knowledge that we use day in and day out to provide safe water for Missouri homes, businesses, will not be utilized properly if the WIB is eliminated or combined with another board or boards.  I say this because the MWWA, any well or pump contractor, and all Missouri citizens have a guaranteed slot to speak on matters involving the protection of our ground water by attending our WIB meetings and have their concerns heard and considered. The MWWA has been proactive in working with the Well Head Protection Section through the years. We have worked side by side with the section and we have strongly opposed them, as well.

The current process works well. We hope that you strongly consider the MWWA’s opinion on this matter because we believe that our experience qualifies us to state that the system only works as long as the Well Installation Board is there to sort through information received from the Contractor, the Section, and sometimes the Public. I as an individual and we as an association feel that to eliminate any means to inject experienced input from drilling industry members on the WIB and the contractors in the state into decisions where our groundwater is concerned would be a terrible mistake. If there will be a hearing or opportunity to speak to you about this matter, I would appreciate you letting me know.

In closing, The MWWA and I would ask you to please consider our strong opposition to either eliminating or moving the Well Installation Board.  Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Missouri Water Well Association
Lindell Lindsey, President


Boards and Commission Task Force Members

Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson
State Capitol, Room 224
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 751-4727

Scott Turk, Director of Boards & Commissions
Governor’s Office, Room 216
State Capitol Building
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 418-9957

Senator Jeanie Riddle
Missouri Senate
201 West Capitol Ave., Rm. 417
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
(573) 751-2757

Senator Jacob Hummel
201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 328
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
(573) 751-3599

Heidi Kolkmeyer
201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 326
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
(573) 751-2173

Representative Jared Taylor
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Ave., Room 201-CA
Jefferson City MO 65101
Phone: 573 751-3833
Jered.Taylor@house.mo.gov 

Representative Robert Ross
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Ave., Room 114-A
Jefferson City MO 65101
573-751-1490
Robert.Ross@house.mo.gov 

Representative Gretchen Bangert
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Ave., Room 109-E
Jefferson City MO 65101
573-751-5365
Gretchen.Bangert@house.mo.gov

Peggy Striler
marguerite@strilergroup.com

David Moore
dmoore@muel.com

Ben Shantz
417-234-7851

Jon Ghirardelli
jjg424@sbcglobal.net

 





















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