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Environmental Documents


This web page contains all DNRC environmental documents posted in the last 30 days. 

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Coal, Oil, Gas, and Other Minerals

Hoffman Creek Non-mechanized Mineral Exploration LUL 2022-09-12
Non-mechanical exploration for lithium- and tantalum-bearing mineral deposits is proposed. The exploration plan notes the focus is reconnaissance and sampling of previously mapped pegmatites. The proposed work seeks to further characterize the geology, mineralogy, structure, and potential zonation of the pegmatites, confirm rock units, stratigraphy, faults, alteration, orientation, and dimensions of the rocks in the area. The company plans to conduct geologic mapping and rock chip sampling of rock outcrops and subcrops. Collection of soil samples may also occur. Sampling will be done with hand tools such as rock hammers and shovels. Location of sample sites would be noted on geologic or topographic maps, or through a Global Positioning System. Samples gathered would be sent out to a lab for geochemical analyses.

Harlowton Gravel Pit 2022-07-28
Wheatland County Road Department has applied for a take and remove aggregate permit

South of Froid Sand 2022-07-21
The Environmental Assessment analyzes the impacts two alternatives would have to the native environment.

Gravel Test Pits 2022-07-14
Application to test for gravel

Gravel Test Pits 2022-07-14
Knife River has applied to test for gravel on Trust Lands

EA South of Froid Sand 2022-06-24
The document analyzes the impacts to the environment for the proposed action

Coal and Coal Bed Natural Gas (CBNG)

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Oil and Gas

D&H Energy, LLC Oil and & Gas Pipeline Installation OG-20298-79 2022-09-20
D&H Energy, LLC (D&H) proposes the installation of an oil and gas pipeline to oil well Celsius State 32-1 (32-1) located on state land, referred to herein as the “Project”. The oil and gas pipeline will connect the 32-1 well of lease # OG-20298-79, to an existing oil and gas pipeline and result in approximately 3,960 square feet of disturbance, see Attachment A, Project Location Map. The installation of the oil and gas pipeline will serve as a winter heat source for the 32-1 well which will result in an increase in production of the well and result in a longer production life for lease # OG-20298-79

Western Natural Gas 10-21 2022-08-08
Avanti Energy Montana, Inc. plans to drill a well for a Souris River/Flathead formation test 5,500’ TVD / 5650’ MD.

Raffaell 17-2H SWD 2022-08-08
Hydra MT LLC plans to drill a well to use as a class II SWD injection well in the Dakota Formation. Surface casing to be set at 1,880’. Proposed TD is 8140’ MD, 5714’ TVD.

Raffaell 17-1 SWD 2022-08-08
Hydra MT LLC plans to drill a well to use as a class II SWD injection well in the Dakota Formation. Surface casing to be set at 1,880’. Proposed TD is 5,780’ MD / TVD

Pennel MC43-22SH 2022-08-08
Denbury Onshore plans to drill a horizontal well into the Mission Canyon Formation 7,283’ TVD / 13,293’ MD. Surface casing to be set at 1,700’ and cemented to surface.

Lybeck 6-35-35-20  2022-06-23
Behm Energy, Inc plans to drill a vertical oil well with an objective formation being the Sawtooth, 4,490’ TVD/MD.

East Butte Lookout 3D  2022-06-20
Paragon Geophysical Services, Inc has applied to conduct a seismic survey on State Trust Lands.

Claire 34-22 #4H   2022-05-09
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 25,080’MD/10,533’TVD.

Project Name: Seismic Permit #’s 1612-22, 1614-22, & 1615-22 (Thor Resources USA, LLC)     2022-05-04
Thor Resources USA, LLC (Thor Resources) proposes to implement a 2 – D seismic project on state sub-surface and state surface to locate helium producing formations, referred to herein as the “Project”. The Project will generate energy sources using vibroseis equipment along 4.09 miles linear route of state sub-surface and 3.70-miles linear route of state surface throughout various tracts. See Exhibit A, Proposed Winter 2021/2022 Seismic Program, and Exhibit B, Project Location. This consists of a large buggy weighing approximately 18 tons and a 4-foot by 6-foot platform. The platform vibrates the ground surface using the weight of the buggy. This equipment is used to locate shallow helium-producing formations. The Project would minimally impact 4.09-miles of state sub-surface on various Oil and Gas Tracts. The majority of state surface impacts to ag and grazing leases 4769, 5747, 774 and 2257 would result from vibrating the platform and the manipulation of motorized vehicles. The Project is expected to temporarily disturb a small portion of the landscape through the operation of the vibrioses equipment, but no physical surface disturbance is expected.

Reddig 13-3    2022-04-21
Lustre Oil Company, LLC plans to drill a well to 5755’ MD / 5746’ TVD to test the Ratcliffe Formation in an open hole completion.

Reddig 42-10     2022-04-19
Lustre Oil Company, LLC plans to drill a well to 5819’ MD / 5812’ TVD to test the Ratcliffe Formation in an open hole completion.

Minerals

Ruben Pit - Mineral County     2022-05-03
This Environmental Assessment analyzes the potential impacts of reopening an existing gravel pit

New Letz Gravel Pit  2022-06-08
An application for an aggregate take and removal permit from the Minerals Management Bureau of the Montana DNRC.

Conservation Districts

Nothing new in the last 30 days

Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD)

Monthly Summary of CARDD MEPA Decision Notices 2022-09-22

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing various final MEPA Decision Memos for various programs throughout the Division, including the ARPA Competitive and Minimum Allocation Grants program, the Conservation District Bureau, Aquatic Invasive Species, Reclamation and Development Grant Program, and the Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program.

Davies Family Final Environmental Assessment Decision 2022-09-22

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final Environmental Assessment for the Davies Family Irrigation Ditch Replacement project. The project proposes to use Irrigation Development Grant (IDG) funding to replace a long open irrigation ditch with a buried irrigation pipeline.

Forestry Division

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Montana Forest Action Plan

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry Assistance

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Practices

James Ditch SMZ Alternative Practice 2022-09-20
Pyramid Mountain Lumber has applied for a Streamside Management Zone (SMZ) Alternative Practice to operate equipment inside of the SMZ to facilitate slash removal and timber harvest on both sides of 900 feet of the James Ditch.

SMZ Alternative Practice for Clancy Creek Restoration 2022-08-12
As part of Montana Tunnel Mine, Inc approved reclamation plan, a portion of Clancy Creek would be relocated and the original location would be harvested and reshaped to stabilize the slopes

SMZ Alternative Practice for USFS South Yaak Fire Salvage Project 2022-08-10
Response to South Yaak Fire in summer 2021. USFS intends to remove dead and hazardous trees that could impact public travel along the Kilbrennan Lake Road. Operation of equipment within the SMZ and removal of additional trees has been requested

SMZ Alternative Practice for Thomas HRA 27-B-48735 2022-07-07
Proponent applied to use existing skid trail with in a class 3 SMZ.

SMZ Alternative Practice for Folkers HRA 27-B-48741  2022-06-23
Proponent has applied to operate equipment within the SMZ and remove trees within the SMZ that pose a hazard to adjacent structures.

SMZ Alternative Practice for Alder Creek skid trail  2022-06-08
proponent wishes to cross Alder Creek, a class 2 SMZ, when it is dry, to harvest ground otherwise inaccessable..

Trust Lands - Forest Management 

Forest Management Activities and Timber Sales

Jellison Bearpaw Forest Management Project 2022-09-28
The Stillwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Jellison Bearpaw Forest Management Projects. The project is located approximately 5 miles northeast of Olney and 14 miles northwest of Whitefish, Montana.

Chalk Buttes Timber Sale 2022-09-26
The Eastern Land Office of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Chalk Buttes Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 15 miles southwest of Ekalaka, Montana.

Sweet and Sour Timber Permit 2022-07-21
The Dillon Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Sweet and Sour Timber Permit. The project is located approximately 13 miles southeast of Dillon, Montana.

Ashley Schoolhouse Timber Sale 2022-07-21
The Kalispell Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Ashley Schoolhouse Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 3 miles east of Marion, Montana.

Forest Improvement Projects

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Banking Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Exchanges

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Commercial Real Estate

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Agriculture/LUL

MeatEater, Inc. Filming 2022-09-15
MeatEater, Inc. has requested a Land Use License from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the purpose of outdoor filming on the referenced treact of State-owned land

Clearwater Wind East Road Use 2022-09-12
Clearwater Wind East, LLC has requested of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation a Land Use License for the use of an existing two track road on the referenced tract of State owned land.

LUL - River Design 2022-09-07
he proposed action is the issuance of a land use license for the collection of 2600 live willow whip cuttings, ~5-6 feet in length and ¼ - 1 inch in diameter, on ~200 ac of Common School Trust Lands. The purpose of the land use license is to procure willow whip cuttings for stream and wetland restoration projects on nearby lands.

Agreserves stockwater pipeline 2022-09-01
Agreserves Inc. has requested a Land Use License for the purpose of constructing a stock water pipeline across the referenced tract of State Trust Land.

Daniel Farms Break 2022-08-31
Conversion of tame pasture grazing land to agriculture to improve revenue for school trust

Haymaker Energy LUL 2022-08-29
Haymaker Energy Project, LLC is applying for a Land Use License to access and/or utilize State Trust Land for the following purpose(s): Conduct archaeological, wetland, and related environmental surveys to support agency review of a proposed wind energy project; Electrical resistivity testing will occur in addition to geotechnical boring (utilizing air rotary drilling techniques) to support transmission line structure installation; Conduct site reconnaissance for engineering or wildlife surveys

LUL – King Street Productions 2022-08-29
Issuing a Land Use License (LUL) for general access to state land to mow 1-2 acres and remove existing metal gate and replace with a wood gate. This is in conjunction with filming the 1923 movie. No filming or other action will occur on state land. State land and gate will be seen on camera in the background.

L7 Ranch Inc Stock Water Well 2022-08-19
The surface lessee L7 Ranch Inc has proposed the drilling of a stock water well on the above mentioned tract of State Trust Land and has filed the appropriate improvement form. The purpose of this well is to provide a more reliable water source for livestock on this section.

Gomke Break 2022-08-18
Tame pasture break on state lands to improve revenue

Klempel Inc Stockwater Pipeline 2022-08-09
The surface lessee Klempel Inc has requested to place a stock-water pipeline on the above-mentioned tract of State Trust Land. This proposed pipeline should 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 Use Licence  2022-08-03
Climbing Arrow Ranch, LLC installed a private well and water line on state land in 1988, referred to herein as the “Project”. The location of the Project is within the W2 of Section 36, T5N, R5E. The Project resulted in a temporary disturbance on approximately 0.66 acres and was reseeded to native grass mix. See Exhibit A, Project Location Map. The water well and water pipeline are used for stockwater and domestic purposes on the Climbing Arrow Ranch, LLC’s private land east of the Project

MVGR Land, LLC Restoration Project 2022-07-21
Proponent proposes to use an existing road on state land in Sections 13 & 24, T12S R10W to import and export materials (gravel and silt) to and from a stream restoration project on private land and more easily access the private reaches of the stream

Westwater Layflat Hose 2022-07-21
Westwater Consulting on behalf of Prima Exploration has requested to temporarily place a 12 inch lay flat hose and potentially a temporary water storage tank upon state owned trust land. This pipeline would be used to provide temporary water for a nearby proposed oil well completion. The anticipated length of temporary pipeline on the tract is approximately 1 Mile. The proposed storage tank would be located on an existing pad site. The expected duration of use of this license should be less than 3 months.

Land Use License - NorthWestern Energy Staging Site 2022-07-21
NorthWestern Energy proposes a staging site for construction purposes on state land, referred to herein as the “Project”. The proposed location is within the NW4SE4 of Section 2, T31N, R5W. The Project will cause temporary disturbance on approximately 1.84 acres

KATCO Farms Inc Expired CRP Break Request 2022-07-11
KATCO Farms Inc has requested to break approximately 297 acres of recently expired CRP and return the land to agricultural production.

Jarden Ranch solar Well  2022-06-23
Jarden Ranch Inc. has requested of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation permission to construct a stock water well with a tank on the referenced tract of Sate owned Trust Land.

George Carson Spring Development  2022-06-15
George Carson developed a spring on the referenced tract of State Trust Land in 2012.

U-All Creek Ranch Inc Stock Well   2022-06-01
The surface lessee U-All Creek Ranch Inc wishes to drill a well on the above mentioned tract of State Trust Land and has filed the appropriate improvement form. The purpose of this well is to provide a more reliable water source for livestock on this section.

Robert Gibbs Stock Well   2022-06-01
The surface lessee Robert Gibbs wishes to drill a well on the above mentioned tract of State Trust Land and has filed the appropriate improvement form. The purpose of this well is to provide a more reliable water source for livestock on this section.

Devil's Fence Juniper Encroachment Removal  2022-05-31
Proponent will remove junipers within the project area.

Donsbach Well Project    2022-05-16
Kirk Donsbach is proposing to install a shallow well and stock tank in the SW4SE4NW4 of Section 36, Township 19 North, Range 22 East. The proposed water development installation is planned to be installed directly adjacent to Box Elder Creek in hopes to have access to water on years when the creek is dry. The proposed shallow well will be used for stock water.

Brown Ranch Conifer Encroachment Reduction Project   2022-05-16
The Dillon Unit of the DNRC has worked with the lessee to request to conduct a conifer reduction project on the above referenced state trust land tract. The proponents wish to reduce primarily juniper encroachment with a minor component of Douglas fir and limber pine on the section. Methods would include hand cutting with chainsaw and pruning shears.

North Park East Temporary Access LUL    2022-05-16
Bozeman Trax Partners is applying for a Land Use License (LUL) to provide temporary access on an existing gravel road to a cell tower on their deeded land. The width of existing road is ~30 feet and the length is ~500 feet. The total acres involved is less than 1 acre. The project area is within the municipal boundaries of the City of Bozeman, MT.

Timberline Road Use License     2022-05-12
The proponent, Timberline Farm and Ranch, LTD, whose has applied to the DNRC Southern Land Office (SLO) for a Land Use License to permit the use of a two-track road on the south half of Section 36, Township 10 North, Range 29 East in order to access his private lands west of said section as shown in Exhibit ‘A.’

The proponent currently is the owner of the lands belonging to Bergin Farm and Ranch LLC south and east of the State Section. These lands are in the same vicinity as each other, the only legal access to Timberline Farm and Ranch LTD Co lands is on the far southwestern corner of their private held block of land, which is about a 15 mile re-route. The proponent is requesting a Land Use License to access these lands more efficiently by utilizing the existing two-track road on the State Trust Land.

Surenuff Cattle Spring Development   2022-04-25
Surenuff Cattle is proposing a spring development immediately below and existing reservoir. The reservoir has run dry but a seep still exists and this would create a more reliable water source.

CRP Break Request – Lease 2144   2022-04-05
Starbuck Hjartarson Seifert (Lessee) proposes the breaking and conversion of 155.60 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres under CRP contract 10037, on state land lease no. 2144, referred to herein as the “Project”. See Attachment A – Project Location Map for proposed break acres.

The CRP contract expires on 9/30/2022, with the intention of non-renewal by the Lessee for purposes of converting it to agricultural land for small grain production.

The purpose of the conversion from CRP acres to agricultural production acres is to increase the overall revenue on lease no. 2144 for the Common Schools Trust while maintaining the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) land sustainability goals. The Project is expected to occur in the Spring/Summer of 2022.

Gilman Construction-Staging Area    2022-03-15
The document analyzes the environmental impact that would occur if a LUL were granted to Gilman Construction for the storage of chipping material in an active opencut site on 5S 8W Sec. 28.

Recreational Use

Sorrel Springs    2022-06-03
The DNRC Missoula Unit Trust Lands is issuing a Temporary Road Use Permit to the Lolo National Forest/DNRC GNA program.

Bear Shoot Archery Tournament   2022-06-01
Authorize the annual Bear Shoot tournament over a 5-year period. Use on DNRC would involve up to 7 days of annual use including: motorized ATV use to set up and disassemble approximately 16 targets, managing the event, and providing access for handicapped participants. In addition, there would be up to 300 nonmotorized participants during the event.

GRIZZLY ORIENTEERING SPECIAL RECREATIONAL USE LICENSE (SRUL)   2022-06-01
AUTHORIZE ORIENTEERING EVENTS OVER A 5-YEAR PERMIT. USE ON DNRC WOULD INVOLVE MULTIPLE, 1 TO 2 DAY, LOW IMPACT ORIENTEERING EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE CALENDAR YEAR.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Easement Application, Operations Facility (City Public Works)-Penwell Bridge Trust Parcel 2022-09-28
The City of Belgrade is applying for an easement to permanently occupy state-owned Trust Land by constructing and operating a Public Works Department operations facility for the City of Belgrade, Montana. The acreage encumbered totals 28.173 acres. (See attached Appendixes). The purpose of the proposed easement would be to provide the City of Belgrade an easement for a Public Works Facility to include: Administrative Facilities, Equipment Materials Storage, Passenger Vehicle and Light Equipment Maintenance, Stormwater Management Facility, Law Enforcement Processing, Storage and Compound, Materials Storage Bays, Equipment and Material Staging Area, Heavy Vehicle Storage and a Maintenance Facility.

Agricultural Bitterroot River Bridge Crossing 2022-08-19
The Proponent, Jim Jensen of YC Properties LLC has applied for a Land Use License (LUL) and Right of Way (ROW) easement for a proposed agricultural bridge across the west channel of the Bitterroot River, approximately ¼ mile south and west of Hamilton, MT.

Intake for West End Reservoir 2022-08-02
The Proponent, City of Billings, is requesting a ±1.10-acre easement in the Yellowstone River for the location of a new water intake structure located in Section 4, Township 2 South North, Range 25 East. The easement extends approximately ±150’ feet south from the north riverbank and is approximately ±258’ in width.
The City of Billings is planning on expanding their water distribution to accommodate for the increasing population growth and water needs. They have recently purchased a parcel of land in Government Lot 1 of Section 4, Township 2 South, Range 25 East, adjacent to the State’s River ownership. The proponent plans on building a water intake on their land and extend it into the Yellowstone River in order to gather water. That water will then be pumped to a separate City-owned property on the western edge of the current city limits to turn into a water retention and storage facility with a new water treatment facility. The current city water treatment plant is located on the east end of Billings.
The municipality and surrounding area have seen increased population growths and the current city water operations facilities will be outpaced by the growth and demand on water resources. Additionally, the costs to pump and provide water services from their current facility are increasing due to the distance and uphill elevation from that current operational water treatment. By developing the west end water treatment facility, the city will be able to reduce pumps needed to move the water to higher elevations. The intake in the Yellowstone River will be able to use a mix of gravity and pumps to allow the water to reach the retention ponds.
The intake structure will be constructed against the existing bank. The proponent is applying for a larger area than just the structure to allow for future maintenance needs as they arise.

Easement Application Northern Telephone Cooperative 2022-07-26
Northern Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (NTC) proposes to install a buried fiber optic cable located on state land, referred to herein as the “Project”. The proposed easement route is located parallel to Railroad Avenue South in the W2W2 of Section 29, T36N, R2W, and E2E2 of Section 30, T36N, R2W, and parallel to Swayze Road West in the S2S2 of Section 36, T36N, R3W. The Project will result in approximately 4.88 acres of soil disturbance. See Exhibit A, Easement Survey Maps, and Exhibit B, Project Location Map. Installation of the fiber optic cable will provide access to high-speed internet for rural Montana residents

Range Telephone Cooperative North Broadus 4-5 Project 2022-07-21
Range telephone cooperative has requested of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation easements for the purpose of placing underground fiber optic cable across the referenced tracts of State owned land.

Installation of an underground electric power distribution line 2022-07-21
The proponent proposes to install an underground electric power distribution line within a right-of-way 20’ wide (10’ on either side of a centerline) across School Trust lands in Daniels County

Tarkio Fire Station Easement 2022-07-20
The Superior Fire Department is proposing to purchase an easement on 2.001 acres of Trust Lands in order to construct a Fire Station. The new station would house a new structure engine, a new wildland fire engine and a water tender. The proposed design would be a two bay station with enough space to allow emergency vehicles to park two deep. The access would be on Tarkio Loop Road with a drive thru exit to Nemote Creek Road. An above ground 48,000 gallon water tank would be placed near the rear of the property designed to meet the needs of the newly annexed 5,136 acre rural area.

Southeast electric Cooperative Capital to Albion Project 2022-07-11
Southeast Electric Cooperative has requested easements from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for above ground electric transmission lines on the referenced tracts of State owned Trust Lands.

City of Glendive Yellowstone River Water Main Bore Project  2022-06-28
The City of Glendive has requested of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation an easement for the purpose of placing a horizontally bored water main under the bed of the Yellowstone river.

MidRivers Communications 2022 Lambert 2 Fiber Project  2022-06-27
MidRivers Communications has requested a right of way easement from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the purpose of placing a fiber optic cable across the referenced tract of State owned land

Reservation Telephone Fiber Upgrade  2022-06-20
Reservation Telephone Coop henceforth referred to as proponent, has requested a right of way easement from the DNRC for the placement of fiber optic Communication Lines across State Trust Lands. This line placement will replace existing outdated copper communication line service to rural areas. The project will follow the corridor of the existing copper lines. Construction will basically consist of the static plow trenchless method with directional bores at stream crossings or other topographical challenges.

Lincoln Electric Utility Line Easement  2022-06-20
Lincoln Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Lincoln Electric) is proposing to install new underground utility lines that would replace the existing overhead powerlines and provide services to the townsite of Olney, MT. Lincoln Electric is locating facilities along existing public and state roadways. There are two state residential lease access roads (1st Avenue North and Pothole Drive) where Lincoln Electric would need a utility Easement from DNRC to install underground utility line within the road Right of Way. The estimated encumbered acreage is 0.604 acres.
The lands involved in this proposed project are held by the State of Montana in trust for Montana State University 2nd Grant and Public Buildings trusts per the Enabling Act of February 22, 1889; 1972 Montana Constitution, Article X, Section 11. The Board of Land Commissioners and DNRC are required by law to administer these trust lands to produce the largest measure of reasonable and legitimate return over the long run for the beneficiary institutions (Section 77-1-202, MCA).

Agricultural Road Easement EAC  2022-06-20
Proponent is applying for an agricultural easement on state lands to access private property.

MidRivers Communications 2022 Wolf Point south Fiber Cable  2022-06-08
MidRivers Communications has requested easements from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the purpose of placing fiber optic cable across the referenced tracts of State Trust Land.

MidRivers Communications 2022 T27N-R27E-Sec 36 SE4  2022-06-01
MidRivers communications has requested of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation an easement for the placement of fiber optic cable across the referenced tract of State Trust Land.

MidRivers Communications 2022 T27N-R27E-Sec 36 W2   2022-06-01
MidRivers communications has requested an easement from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the purpose of placing fiber optic cable across the referenced tract of State Trust Land.

Hiland Gas Pipeline Easement Conversion   2022-05-16
Kinder Morgan Inc. has requested from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation an easement for a natural gas pipeline which has previously been held under a Land Use license

Hiland Crude Pipeline Easement Conversion   2022-05-16
Kinder Morgan Inc. has requested an easement for a crude oil pipeline from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation as a conversion from a previously issued Land Use license.

Hiland Gas Pipeline Easement Conversion   2022-05-16
Kinder Morgan Inc. has requested an easement from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation as a conversion of an existing Land Use License for a gas pipeline.

Hiland Gas Pipeline Easement Conversion   2022-05-16
Kinder Morgan Inc. has requested an easement from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation as a conversion of an existing Land Use License for a gas pipeline.

Inner Belt Loop Easements   2022-05-12
The Proponent, the City of Billings, has developed a project to construct the Northwest Billings Connector road system, more widely known and the Inner Belt Loop. The proponent is proposing and applying for two road easements as part of this project that will encumber the following two sections of State Trust land in Yellowstone County:

Section 14, Township 1 North, Range 25 East: New easement encompassing ±8.988 acres
Section 22, Township 1 North, Range 25 East: New easement encompassing ±11.716 acres

The Inner Belt Loop project is a five-mile stretch of new two-lane rural roadway accompanied by a detached multi-use trail. The City has applied for enough right-of-way so that when traffic warrants and additional two lanes can be constructed so that the ultimate road profile would contain two travel lanes in each direction. It will create a new connection between the Heights and West End of the Billings Metropolitan area, with an eastern terminus of Alkali Creek Road/Skyway Drive and a western terminus at the roundabout at Highway 3/Zimmerman Trail (see Exhibit ‘A’). The City of Billings has proposed this new route to help alleviate traffic congestion in a constrained intersection area due to the surrounding topographical limitations.

Triangle Communications South Malta FTTH Upgrade   2022-04-20

The proponent proposes to install an underground fiber-optic telecommunications cable within a right-of-way 20’ wide (10’ on either side of a centerline) across School Trust land in Phillips County

WBI Gas Line Extension Project   2022-04-20
The applicant has applied for a single Land Use License (LUL) and two Right of Ways (ROWs) to install and maintain a natural gas pipeline.

Dry Prairie - Opheim Mainline   2022-04-19
The applicant proposes to install a twelve-inch diameter water pipeline. The proposed area of impact would be 30 feet in width (15 feet on either side of a center line) across multiple tracts of Trustland. The purpose of the requested Right of Way Easements is to expand the area served by Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority.

Underground Fiber Optic Communications Cable    2022-03-15
The purpose of this easement 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 Communications from being able to fulfill service requests, including full deployment of broadband services. These improvements will offer state-of-the-art telecommunications facilities as well as future growth capabilities.

The fiber optic cables will be buried and placed within existing cable corridors along state lands, state highway, county or city road rights-of-way both in public rights-of-way and utilizing some private easements.

Midrivers Fiber to the Home Upgrade   2022-03-09
The Proponent, Mid-Rivers Communications, is applying for new 16’ wide easements and to amend their existing 16’ wide easement on multiple parcels of State Trust Land in both Yellowstone and Musselshell Counties for the installation of underground fiber optic lines.

The new and amended easements are part of a larger project where Mid-Rivers Communications is upgrading their telecommunications lines from their existing Musselshell Exchange serving rural areas in northern Yellowstone County and southern Musselshell County. The project consists of replacing outdated existing copper services with fiber optic lines to provide Fiber to the Home (FTTH) service in remote areas. The copper service lines will be abandoned in place with new fiber optic lines being installed. Deed #6637 will be amended to reflect the additional lines in the easement corridor. Deed #6640 will abandon the copper line in place and the new line will follow parallel to an existing private road with granting of the new easement. In total, 3 new easements will be granted, and 1 easement will be amended (see Exhibits A).

Fiber Optic Utility Easement   2022-03-09
The Proponent, Triangle Communications Assn, Inc. (TTCA, Inc.) proposing to replace existing underground telecommunications facilities and upgrade the current copper telephone lines to fiber optic lines in Section 16 of Township 2 South, Range 13 East in Sweet Grass County. The proposed easement runs with in the right-of-way of the East Boulder Road which is a county/public road and will encumber ±2.70-acres of State Trust Land (see Exhibit A). The county has not secured an easement for the road.

Triangle Communications was previously granted a 20’ easement (D-7279) in 2002 running along the east portion of East Boulder Road. The proponent is seeking out a new right-of-way along the western side of the public roadway way as it is the most direct and efficient path to provide utility services. They will leave the copper line and D-7279 in place as a redundancy in case of emergencies and will obtain a new easement for installing a fiber optic line in a new corridor on the western side of the East Boulder Road.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Decision Notice - Broadwater Power Project and Upper Toston Recreation Area Shoreline Stabilization 2022-08-18
An Environmental Assessment was prepared by DNRC in conjunction with the BLM to address shoreline erosion on the Missouri River adjacent to the DNRC Broadwater Power Project and BLM Upper Toston Recreation Area. Alternatives were considered and a proposed action was selected by DNRC and released for public comment. No public comments were received by DNRC. Based on the alternatives considered and opportunity for public comment, DNRC considers the Draft Environmental Assessment to be the Final Environmental Assessment and will issue this Decision.

Broadwater Power Project - Upper Toston Recreation Area Shoreline Stabilization 2022-07-11
The proposed action involves shoreline stabilization improvements to address bank erosion
upstream of the Toston Dam main canal intake along the left bank of the Missouri River.
Portions of the riverbank within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Upper Toston
Recreation Area and adjacent to the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
(DNRC) Broadwater Power Project and Broadwater-Missouri Canal Headworks have been
slowly eroding. It is suspected that a combination of boat wakes, wave action due to fetch, and
the channeled flow to the Powerhouse and headworks are facilitating the erosion. The Upper
Toston Recreation Area is a popular recreation site that provides camping and day-use
opportunities consisting of a parking area, latrine, and boat launch with floating dock. Addressing
this on-going bank erosion is necessary to prevent further erosion from occurring to this important
recreation site.

Broadwater Power Project - Upper Toston Recreation Area Shoreline Stabilization 2022-07-11
Appendices A and B

Broadwater Power Project - Upper Toston Recreation Area Shoreline Stabilization 2022-07-11
Appendices C and D

Broadwater Power Project - Upper Toston Recreation Area Shoreline Stabilization 2022-07-12
Appendix E

Ruby River State Water Project - Ruby Dam Fishing Access Site Lease Agreement 2022-07-07
The Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) currently administers a recreational Lease
to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (DFWP) for the Ruby Dam Fishing Access Site (FAS), near
Alder, MT in Madison County. The Ruby Dam FAS serves as a public recreation opportunity on Project Lands
owned by DNRC as part of the Ruby River State Water Project. The current Lease expires on August 15, 2022.
The action alternative provides a new Lease Agreement to DFWP for the Ruby Dam FAS for a ten-year term.

Future development or improvements to the Ruby Dam FAS by DNRC or their Lessee will require a
separate environmental analysis, independent of this MEPA environmental assessment.

Tongue River Dam Spillway Stilling Basin Erosion Protection     2022-05-09 
A void between the right spillway wall and adjacent cut rock slope was reported in 2009 at Tongue River Dam. Due to weathering and wave erosion, it has increased in size and depth and is now over 5 feet deep. The action calls for repairing the void, installing drainage features, and grading the area to prevent further erosion. The project would include constructing a permanent construction access in order to complete the work and address any future repairs. Graded areas will receive a layer of rock material that matches what is currently in place along the spillway.

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