Rules and Regulations Governing Geophysical, Seismic or Other Type Exploration on State-Owned Lands Other Than State-Owned Marine Waters (Mississippi)

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Place Mississippi

Applies to States or Provinces Mississippi
Name Rules and Regulations Governing Geophysical, Seismic or Other Type Exploration on State-Owned Lands Other Than State-Owned Marine Waters (Mississippi)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations, Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Coal with CCS, Natural Gas
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Mississippi Major Economic Impact Authority
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction State lands besdies designated Marine Waters

Last Review 2014-06-06
Last Substantive Modification
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Information Source


The Rules and Regulations Governing Geophysical, seismic or Other Type Exploration on State-Owned Lands Other than State-Owned Marine Waters is applicable to the Natural Gas Sector and the Coal with CCS Sector. This law is implemented under the jurisdiction of the Mississippi Major Economic Impact Authority (MMEIA). This law requires that any person or company must receive a permit from the MMEIA before beginning their exploration. It also requires that any geophysical exploration on lands that are under special protection must be permitted by the agency governing the proposed lands.

The Rules and Regulations Governing Leasing for Production or Extraction of Oil, Gas and Other Minerals From Onshore State-Owned Lands is applicable to the natural gas sector. This law delegates the power to lease, for mineral extraction, state owned lands to the Mississippi Major Economic Impact Authority. This law gives the MMEIA the power to place state-owned lands leases up for public bid, and typically will award the land to the highest bidder, or to negotiate noncompetitive lease agreements. The MMEIA will act in the interest of the State, and all leases will be in permitted in coordination with existing regulations and policies.

During field operations the following rules apply unless the executive director grants special permission to the company. Explosive chargers larger than 20 pounds and/or multiple charges in total excess of 20 pounds shall not be used. Within 10-25 feet of the surface only charges of 1 pound or less may be used. No charges allowed above 10 feet. 25-40 Feet may use a charge of 1-2 pounds. 40-60 Feet may use a charge of 2-5 pounds. 60-70 feet may use a charge of 5-20 pounds. All drilling operations must be performed under the supervision of a driller licensed by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. During operations in water, piping shall be removed below the mud line and will not be left protruding above the water. Upon completion of geophysical exploration all pipe shall be removed to a depth of at least 6 feet below the surface of the ground or water bottom. All materials used in operations shall have the name of the company or person conducting the survey, and pipe shall be completely removed upon completion. No explosives discharged within 1,000 feet of any boat (without notice to move the boat) or within 500 feet of any dredged channel, or within 300 feet of any dock, pier, causeway or other structure. Any and all damage caused by the geophysical exploration shall be repaired within 3 months of completion of field operations. Any physical modification to the surface shall be remedied upon completion of the work. Geophysical exploration for mineral resources shall be conducted so that those activities do not: Unreasonably interfere with or endanger operations under any lease, cause damage or harm to aquatic life, cause pollution, create hazardous or unsafe conditions, unreasonably interfere with or harm other uses of the area, or disturb cultural resources. Geophysical crews shall have the following items in their possession and available for inspection at the permittee's field office: A copy of the seismic permit including conditions, a copy of these rules and regulations, a detailed map showing the survey line locations and shot points.

The permittee must report all environmental damages within 30 days of completion or expiration of a permit. All information regarding mineral exploration on State lands shall be disclosed to the State, through MMEIA, upon request.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Jack Moody
Department Mississippi Development Authority
Division Major Economic Impact Authorty (MMEIA)
Address PO Box 849, Jackson, Mississippi, 39205.


Department Natural Resources Program
Division Asset Development Division

Phone 601-359-3449

Fax 601-359-1971


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Mississippi Code Sec. 29-7-1.
Date Effective 2004-07-01