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Environmental Documents


This web page contains all DNRC environmental documents posted in the last 30 days. To access older documents, visit the Legislative Services Search Index.

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Coal, Oil, Gas, and Other Minerals

Nothing new in the last 90 days.

Coal and Coal Bed Natural Gas (CBNG)

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Oil and Gas

Mulder 22-15 #1H 2019-05-31
Triple derrick rig 20,650’MD/9,930’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’.

Mulder 22-15 #2H 2019-05-31
Triple derrick rig 20,495’MD/9,932’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’.

Mulder 22-15 #3H 2019-05-31
Triple derrick rig 20,551’MD/9,937’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’.

Mulder 22-15 #4H 2019-05-31
Triple derrick rig 20,813’MD/9,942’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’.

#1 Simmes Ranch 42-4 2019-05-31
Single derrick drilling rig to drill to 2,404’ MD / 2,400’ TVD, Madison Formation.

Dry Creek 2-13 2019-05-31
Big Sky Energy, LLC plans to re-enter this well and drill to 5,725’ MD/TVD with the objective formation being the Lakota.

#1 Simmes Ranch 41-5 2019-05-14
Single derrick drilling rig to drill to 2600’ TD, Madison Formation.

Saltwater Disposal Pipeline 2019-04-26
RIM Operating proposes to install a 3" saltwater disposal pipeline from an existing oil well (State 8-16) to a nearby disposal well (Christensen Trust 15-9). The pipeline will be bored and buried from the State 8-16 well pad to the Nathaniel Road easement, where the pipeline will be trenched and buried up to the Coalridge Highway. The pipeline would be bored and buried under the Coalridge Highway and brought into the Christensen Trust 15-9 well pad along the well's access road.

Unit MC44-29NH 2019-04-16|
Denbury plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Mission Canyon formation, 12,624’ MD / 7,318’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented back to surface.

Unit MC44-29SH 2019-04-16
Denbury plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Mission Canyon formation, 12,242’ MD / 7,314’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented back to surface.

Higgins 13-24 #2H 2019-04-16
Triple derrick rig 20,766’MD/10,257’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,150’.

Higgins 13-24 #3H 2019-04-16
Triple derrick rig 20,665’MD/10,257’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,150’.

Higgins 13-24 #4H 2019-04-16
Triple derrick rig 20,756’MD/10,257’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,150’.

Colorado Charlie-1H
Alta Vista Oil Corporation plans to drill a horizontal Mowry Formation test, 8,098’ TVD/ 12,054’ MD. The location is in core Sage Grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval. Program letter received 1-23-2019.

Other Minerals

NELO Gravel Testing 2019-06-18
NELO and MMB will be conducting testing for gravel resources in Wheatland and Golden Valley Counties in June 2019. Work will be done with a mini excavator. Representatives from MMB, NELO, and the DNRC archaeologist will all be present.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry

Forest Management/Forest Practices
McNeese AP 2019-06-17
Joel McNeese is applying for an Alternative Practice (AP) to harvest Timber on IRA Services Trust Company land. The proposed AP includes approximately 950’ along Rogers Creek (a Class I Stream) and an unnamed class III stream. This area has been impacted by insects and disease including western spruce budworm and mountain pine beetle.

Forest Management Activity
Triple Tree Trail Hazard Tree Removal 2019-06-13
Removal of dead tress along approximately 4050 feet of a heavy recreational use trail that have been determined to be a hazard to the public. Hazard trees will be felled, bucked, piled and burned.

Timber Sales
Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Timber Sales up for Bid Additional Timber Sale Information

Land Use/Land Use Licenses

Balducke Stock Water Pipeline 2019-05-30
The surface lessee David A Balducke has requested to place a branching stock-water pipeline on and across the above-mentioned tract of State Trust Land. This proposed pipeline would generate revenue to the Trust through the purchase of a Land Use License. This proposed pipeline and water it provides would provide a more reliable water source for livestock in this area and encourage better grazing distribution, aiding in long-term productivity of the land.

Land Banking Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Exchanges

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Agriculture

TEI Fence Request 2019-06-13
The lessee of Trust Lands in Sections 19, 29, & 30, T9S R4W has made a request to construct approximately 1.11 miles of 4 strand smooth wire electric fence. The 4-strand high tensile electric fence configuration would consist of wire spacing at approximately 42” top wire, 34” & 26” middle, and 17” bottom wire. Brace posts would be fabricated using steel pipe. 4 wire gates would be installed for access and the fence would be constructed to allow for let-downs or bunching of the 2 wires at important wildlife crossing points. The line posts would be 1.25” and 11/16” fiberglass at approximately 45’ spacing. Two wires would be electrified when grazing the pasture using a solar powered fence charger. A cattle guard and gate would be installed at the point where the fence crosses the Robb Creek Road.

Firehammers Inc Water Pipeline Improvement 2019-05-30
This is an improvement project by a state lessee. It will include improving a spring installing new water pipeline, installing a stock water tank and solar pump, and connecting the new pipelines to the existing ones. The work will take place in October 2019.

Erik Peterson Stock Water Pipeline Angela MU4 2019-05-20
Erik Peterson has requested of the MT DNRC permission to construct and maintain a stock water pipeline and tanks on the referenced state owned tracts.

Recreational Use

Florence Bridge Powerline Easement 2019-06-05
Ravalli Electric Coop is requesting an easement across the Bitterroot River to install an overhead electric distribution powerline near Florence, MT. This powerline will replace the Poker Joe River crossing which is currently threatened on the western most structure by the Bitterroot River. The requested route would place the crossing on the north side of the Florence/Eastside Hwy bridge near mile post 11.

Turner FTTP Upgrade 2019-06-05
Triangle Telephone Cooperative Assn., Inc. (TTCA, Inc.) is proposing to install new underground telecommunications facilities to upgrade their current facilities and services to the Turner Exchange serving area in and around Turner, Montana. These improvements will offer state-of-the-art telecommunications toll and distribution facilities, as well as future growth capabilities.

Little Muddy Creek Fishing Access Site 2019-05-30
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has applied to DNRC for an easement for the Little Muddy Creek Fishing Access Site. FWP currently maintains a Developed Recreation Lease for this site, the proposed easement would eliminate that lease and allow the public access to this site for perpetuity.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Mid-Rivers Roundup Area Fiber Easements 2019-06-18
Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative is applying for 16’ wide easements on five parcels of Trust land in Musselshell County for the underground installation of fiber optic cable. Most of the route parallels existing county roads or state highways.

Harcksen Powerline 2019 2019-06-17
Douglas Harcksen has applied to place an above ground residential power line on Montana Trust Land located in T3S R5W Section 16. The power line would originate from an existing Northwestern Energy powerline located in the NW¼NW¼ of Section 16. Length of the line on state would be 117.8 feet. A 20 foot easement width has been requested for a total encumbrance of 0.054 acres. The purpose of the project is to provide residential service to the Harcksen’s private land located immediately to the North of the Trust Land in the SW¼SW¼ of Section 9, T3S R5W.

Gurnett Creek Private Road ROW Application 2019-05-31
Mr. Paul C. Armstrong proposes a private road right-of-way (ROW) across State Trust Land in Section 16, T8N, R3E as a secondary access to his property at 285 Lost Trail Road Townsend, MT in Section 9, T8N, R3E. The ROW would apply to an existing primitive, two-track road that is occasionally used for administrative purposes. The proposed ROW access request begins at the junction of the above-mentioned road and Gurnett Creek Road (County Road), being 4,043 feet long and 30 feet wide encumbering 2.78 acres.

Daily Lake FWP Fishing Access Easement 2019-05-30
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks has applied for a permanent easement for part of the area adjacent to Dailey Lake they have held under lease (approximately 27 acres). If approved DNRC will sell them an easement at full market land value.

3 Rivers Communications, Twin Bridges Rural Fiber-to-the Home Project 2019 2019-05-30
3 Rivers Communications has applied to the MT DNRC, Dillon Unit to provide Fiber to the Home (FTTH) facilities that will cross 5 tracts of state land in the Dillon Unit. The new (FTTH) facilities would provide telephony, high-speed data, and broadband services to the rural Twin Bridges area. Currently the rural Twin Bridges exchange is serviced by ageing copper cables that have reached their useful life limit, preventing 3 Rivers Telephone Coop from being able to fulfill service requests, including full deployment of DSL services. The proposed facilities will be buried fiber optic cables placed within existing cable corridors along state highway or county road rights-of-way both in public rights-of-way and utilizing some private easements. The upgrade comprises approximately 99 miles of new fiber optic cable in Madison County.The width of the combined easement over the 5 state tracts would be 20 feet wide, 10 feet each side of centerline and the length is approximately 504,995 feet long and would encompass approximately 11.5931 acres of state land. See attached maps. 3 Rivers Communications plans to start construction on this project in June of 2019 and complete the construction of the project by the fall of 2019.

Triangle Telephone Fiber Optic Easements 2019-05-20
Triangle Telephone Cooperative is applying for 20’ wide easements on two parcels of Trust land in Stillwater County for the underground installation of fiber optic cable.

Southern Montana Telephone Utility Easement 2019-05-20
The proposed action is to install an underground telecommunications fiber optic cable to upgrade their current facilities and services to the Jackson Exchange serving in and around Jackson Montana. The work will follow an existing access road to the Peterson Ranch. The improvements would offer state –of –the-art telecommunications toll and distribution facilities, as well as future growth capabilities for the company and the community

Weeds

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Wind

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Water

Water Right Environmental Assessments.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Broadwater Project Control Room Construction 2019-06-18
The project consists of construction of a new Control Room on the top of the existing Dam Powerhouse structure. The work generally includes construction of CMU walls, concrete over metal deck roof structure, installation of HVAC equipment, receptacles, interior and exterior lighting, and data cabling.

Broadwater Substation Breaker Replacement 2019-06-18
The Broadwater Power Project is a 10-MW State-owned hydropower project. It sells generated power to Northwestern Energy. The point of sale is at the State-owned Broadwater substation. Within the Substation are three 30-year old breakers, which are currently slowly leaking SF6 insulating gas and are in need of replacement. The work scope includes replacement of the three 100 kV breakers with DNRC-supplied replacements and includes structural/concrete work, replacing standard CTs with revenue CTs, removing/replacement of the breakers, making connections to the 100 kV line and control system, testing, and site reclamation.

Water Rights

 

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