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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

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.

Unit CH21-17NEH 2019-09-27
Denbury plans to drill a horizontal well with two stacked OH lateral extensions in the Charles-Madison formation, 11,582’ MD / 7,276’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented back to surface.

Unit 35-15R 2019-09-27
Denbury plans to drill an injection well in the tertiary CO2/Waterflood program. The TD of this vertical well is 4,490’ in the Muddy Sand Formation. Solids will be contained in metal pits and then hauled to a licensed disposal facility. Surface casing to be set at 710’ and will be cemented back to surface.

Rask 22-21 2019-09-27
Jake Oil, LLC plans to drill a vertical pilot hole to test formations down to the Red River/Winnipegosis/Nisku/Madison formations, 9,500’ TD. 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.

Jake Oil, LLC 2019-09-27
Well will be drilled horizontally in the Madison Formation 6,600’ TVD / 8,164’ MD. A pilot hole will be drilled past the Mission Canyon and DST’s will be conducted to determine best productivity. The well will then be plugged back and drilled horizontally. Surface casing to be set to 800’ and cemented to surface.

Firemoon 12-9-34N-21E 2019-09-27
Lonewolf Operating, LLC plans to drill a well for an Upper Bowes formation test 4,195 MD / TVD. Surface casing to be set at 430’.

East Rabbit Hills 10-8  2019-09-27
Lonewolf Operating, LLC plans to drill a well for an Upper Bowes formation test 4,208 MD / TVD. Surface casing to be set at 430’.

Other Minerals

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Conservation

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Forestry

Forest Practices

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 Project 2019-11-20
The Clearwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Echo Mountain Project. The project is located east of Ovando, Montana.

Forest Management Activities
Nothing new in the last 30 days.

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/LUL

Developed Spring 2019-11-22
License a spring that is developed for domestic use

Recreational Use

Upper Whitefish Road Commercial Lease 2019-11-15
The DNRC Stillwater Unit is proposing to issue a commercial lease to Northwest Montana Adventures LLC, for the development and management of a 7.28 acre parcel for an outdoor equipment rental business.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Easement Application - Buried Fiber Optic Cable 2019-12-03
Northern Telephone Cooperative, Inc. has applied for an easement to install a buried fiber optic cable on state land. The proposed easement route parallels an existing Northern Telephone and is located adjacent to the Kevin – Oilmont highway. The proposed ROW will encumber 1.862 acres.

Lincoln Electric Cooperative Easement 2019-11-27
Lincoln Electric Cooperative Inc. (LEC) has requested to secure an easement. This easement would provide for installation and maintenance of an underground power line along USFS Road #2346 (Tamarack Creek), through State land located in Section 24, T29N, R28W. Where it crosses state land, the power line easement would be 5,042 Feet long, 20 feet wide, and would total 2.3 acres in size. The power line would eventually supply electricity to a site on US Forest Service land on the top of Calx Mountain (Sec.10, T28N, R27.5W). This site is currently used as a fire lookout and radio communications site for DNRC, Lincoln County and various other agencies. The site is presently supplied with propane fueled generation, however the installation of electrical facilities would provide a more consistent, reliable power source for these essential communication sites. 

The primary power cable will be installed in a conduit system, parallel to the existing road prism at a minimum depth of 36 inches, with seven access locations (vaults or junction cabinets) on DNRC land along the proposed route. When exiting DNRC land, the proposed cable route will continue along the Tamarack Creek Road on National Forest Service land up to the top of Calx Mountain. The project will terminate at a transformer/service site near a communications building. LEC is tentatively proposing construction during the 2020 season.

This proposal would affect the Capital Buildings Trust.

Fiber Optic Cable - Gallatin River Bore 2019-11-22
The purpose of these easements is to provide Fiber to the Home (FTTH) facilities capable of providing telephone, high-speed data, and broadband services. The current copper lines are ageing and have reached their useful life limit, preventing 3 Rivers Telephone Coop from being able to fulfill service requests. The fiber optic cables will be buried and placed within existing cable corridors along state highway, county or city road right-of-way, both in public rights-of-way and utilizing some private easements. The cables will be bored under the Gallatin River in this location.

Dry Prairie Westby Water Mainline 2019-11-20
The proponent proposes to install a water pipeline along State Highway 5 for water transmission to the community of Westby.

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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