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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

Sundance Kid 4H 2020-01-13
Prima Exploration, Inc. plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,450’ MD, 10,267’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,200’.

RTK Carda 7-6 #4H NE NW 2020-01-13 
Triple derrick rig 20,726’MD/10,254’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,025’.

RTK Carda 7-6 #3H NE NW 2020-01-13
Triple derrick rig 20,712’MD/10,254’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,025’.

RTK Carda 7-6 #2H NE NW 2020-01-13
Triple derrick rig 20,912’MD/10,254’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,025’.

Butch Cassidy 1H 2020-01-13
Prima Exploration, Inc. plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,779’ MD, 10,231’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,200’.

Diamond Point 3D Seismic 2019-12-13
Paragon Geophysical is proposing to conduct a seismic survey of State Trust Land minerals and adjacent private minerals located within the town of Culbertson and extending 2 miles north of Culbertson. 460 Acres of State Trust Land minerals are included in the project boundary.

Mayson Phoenix 17-20 #2H 2019-12-11
Triple derrick rig 20,858’MD/10,279’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,880’.

Mayson Phoenix 17-20 #3H 2019-12-11
Triple derrick rig 20,699’MD/10,279’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,880’.

Mayson Phoenix 17-20 #4H 2019-12-11
Triple derrick rig 20,747’MD/10,279’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,880’.

Hiland Pipeline LUL-1226 conversion to Easement 2019-11-27
Kinder Morgan, Inc has applied to the DNRC Eastern Land Office to convert previously obtained Land Use License -1126 for a 6” steel gas pipeline to a right of way easement. The proponent has submitted a DS-406 along with supporting documentation for the easement application. This pipeline has already been placed and is currently in operation under LUL-1226. LUL-1226 currently covers approximately 382 rods of pipeline on the tract listed above.

Philipps 7-5 2019-11-21
MCR, LLC plans to drill a vertical oil well on private land with an objective formation being the Madison. The proposed total depth is 2,115’ TVD/MD. The surface hole will be drilled to 300’ with a freshwater mud system, Rule 36.22.1001.

Devin 3-13H 2019-11-21
Continental Resources Inc. plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken formation, 25,310’ MD / 9,450’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 1,300’ and cemented back to surface.

Devin 4-13H 2019-11-21
Continental Resources Inc. plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken formation, 25,441’ MD / 9,468’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 1,300’ and cemented back to surface.

Fee #1 - 2019-10-25
Single derrick rig 2,200’ MD/TVD re-entry Morrison formation test.

Spider Monkey #1 - 2019-10-25
Alta Vista Oil Corporation plans to drill a Charles Formation test, 6,000’ TD. The location is in core Sage Grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval.

Taylor LW 14-23 #3H - 2019-10-25
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,828’ MD, 10,389’ TVD. Four other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Taylor LW 14-23 #1H, Taylor LW 14-23 #2H, Taylor LW 14-23 #4H, and Taylor LW 14-23 #5H.

Taylor LW 14-23 #4H - 2019-10-25
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,982’ MD, 10,389’ TVD. Four other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Taylor LW 14-23 #1H, Taylor LW 14-23 #2H, Taylor LW 14-23 #3H, and Taylor LW 14-23 #5H.

 Taylor LW 14-23 #5H - 2019-10-25
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 21,165’ MD, 10,389’ TVD. Four other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Taylor LW 14-23 #1H, Taylor LW 14-23 #2H, Taylor LW 14-23 #3H, and Taylor LW 14-23 #4H.

Taylor LW 14-23 #2H - 2019-10-25
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,884’ MD, 10,389’ TVD. Four other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Taylor LW 14-23 #1H, Taylor LW 14-23 #3H, Taylor LW 14-23 #4H, and Taylor LW 14-23 #5H.

Taylor LW 14-23 #1H - 2019-10-25
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 21,065’ MD, 10,389’ TVD. Four other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Taylor LW 14-23 #2H, Taylor LW 14-23 #3H, Taylor LW 14-23 #4H, and Taylor LW 14-23 #5H.

Devin 4-13H - 2019-10-25
Continental Resources Inc. plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken formation, 25,441’ MD / 9,468’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 1,300’ and cemented back to surface.

Tolksdorf 2-12H - 2019-10-25
Continental Resources Inc. plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken formation, 25,157’ MD / 9,416’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 1,300’ and cemented back to surface.

Tolksdorf 3-12H - 2019-10-25
Continental Resources Inc. plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken formation, 25,223’ MD / 9,451’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 1,300’ and cemented back to surface.

Corwin 5 #1 - 2019-10-25
Sklar Exploration Company, LLC plans to drill a vertical gas well on private land with an objective formation being the Deadwood. The proposed total depth is 7,500’ TVD/MD. The surface hole will be drilled to 1,500’ with a freshwater mud system, Rule 36.22.1001. The location is in general sage grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval.

Hammar 44-17 2019-10-16
Jake Oil, LLC plans to drill a vertical pilot hole to test formations down to the Red River/Winnipegosis/Nisku/Madison formations, 7,635’ TMD / 6,700’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 800’ and cemented back to surface. Otherwise well will be plugged back to kick off point and will drill horizontally in the Mission Canyon zone.

Trower 31-27 2019-10-16
Jake Oil, LLC plans to drill a vertical pilot hole to test formations down to the Red River/Winnipegosis/Nisku/Madison formations, 7,310’ TMD / 6,600’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 800’ and cemented back to surface. Otherwise well will be plugged back to kick off point and will drill horizontally in the Mission Canyon zone.

Other Minerals

NELO 2020 Gravel Testing 2019-12-30
The DNRC Northeast Land office will be testing for gravel on several locations over the course of 2020 the first testing will be done in January and successive testing throughout the summer.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry

Forest Practices

Cummings Hauling Inc. HRA 27B47439 Alternative Practice 2020-01-07
Analyze potential impacts associated with the proposed activity of operating logging on an existing skid trail within a streamside management zone.

Vranizan HRA 27-B-47420 2019-12-19
Seeking Streamside Management Zone alternative practice to operate wheeled or tracked equipment within and SMZ on an existing skid trail.

Looker Alternative Practice 2019-12-13
The type of action the Proponent is requesting is a SMZ Alternative Practice to Rule 4: (36.11.304), Equipment Operation in the SMZ.
The action would allow equipment to skid trees within the outer ~25 feet of two overlapping SMZ's of unnamed Class 2 streams. Trees would be skidded ~200 within the SMZ's along the natural slope of the land, which is ≤15%, and delivered to a landing area outside of the SMZ’s. Equipment operation would be restricted to frozen and/or snow-covered ground conditions. Approximately 30-40 thousand board feet of forest products would be skidded within the SMZ.
The purpose of the action would be to facilitate the recovery and removal of forest products for a timber permit.

Forest Improvement Projects
Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Timber Sales

Echo Mountain Timber Sale 2020-1-14
The Clearwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Echo Mountain Timber Sale Project. The project is located east of Ovando.

Beaver to Boyle Timber Sale 2019-12-30
The Stillwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Beaver-to-Boyle Timber Sale Project. The project is located 4 miles west-northwest of the City of Whitefish.

Glen Mud Again Salvage 2019-12-24
Project will salvage approximately 18 loads of blowdown timber within prior harvest units of the Glen Mud Timber Sale to capture the commercial value of the timber for the associated Trust.

Forest Management Activities
Toomey Lorengo Timber Permit 2020-01-13
Small timber harvest (50 Mb£ or less) to proactively recover income to trust from potential blowdown resulting from adjacent federal timber harvest and harvest rails as payment for road use through private property. Harvest operations will be ground based and performed when soil is frozen or 20% soil moisture or lower. No streams are present in harvest units.

Looker Timber Permit 2020-01-07
The Bozeman Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Looker Timber Permit. The project is located approximately 8 air miles northwest of Clyde Park, MT.

Debbie Downey PCT 2019-12-19
The Missoula Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Debbie Downey pre-commercial thinning project. The project is located SW of Potomac, MT.

Land Banking Sales
Fergus County Land Banking Sale 2020-01-07
Analyze potential impacts associated with the proposed activity of operating logging on an existing skid trail within a streamside management zone.

Land Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Exchanges

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Agriculture/LUL

Robertson Trust CRP Break 2020-01-15
Margaret Robertson Trust has requested to break 160.4 acres of recently expired CRP and return the land to agricultural production.

Westmoreland Road Use LUL 2019-12-26
Westmoreland Rosebud Mining LLC (Henceforth referred to as proponent) has requested a temporary access road use land use license from the DNRC Eastern Land Office. This license would be for access to existing and future coal mine operations on adjoining tracts. The proponent proposes utilizing the existing roads and trails located on this tract. These roads may need some amount of improvement or gravel surfacing. Total requested road use is approximately 1.4 miles.

Denbury Green Pipeline Montana Water Use 2019-12-19
Denbury Green Pipeline Montana, LLC (Henceforth referred to as proponent) has requested a land use license from the DNRC Eastern Land Office for beneficial water use. The LUL requests the ability to use water from two existing reservoirs on the tract, this water would be utilized for the purpose of dust abatement associated with the construction of the CCA Pipeline. The Trust Land Management Division and State Board of Land Commissioners currently hold the existing water rights on these two reservoirs.

XTO Energy, Inc. River Bank Stabilization 2019-12-19
XTO Energy, Inc. has requested permission from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to install a riprap revetment along the south bank of the Yellowstone River for bank stabilization.

Recreational Use

Whitefish Tours & Shuttle SRUL 2019-12-26
Term SRUL for guided tours on the Whitefish Trail including drop off and pick up.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Mid-Rivers Fiber Optic Easements - Roundup Area 2020-01-13
Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative is applying for 16’ wide easements on six parcels of Trust land in Musselshell County for the underground installation of fiber optic cable. The easements are all located adjacent to existing highways, county roads and/or private driveways.

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

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Water Rights

 

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