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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

Masonry Sandstone Picking 2020-09-18
The EA analyzes the collection and removal of Sandstone from the surface of state lands for masonry and decorative purposes.

Coal and Coal Bed Natural Gas (CBNG)

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Oil and Gas

State 36-16 CD Oil and Gas Well 2020-09-17
The EA analyzes a new oil and gas well site to be drilled and subsequently produced if economically viable.

State 36-16 CD 2020-08-20
Running Foxes Petroleum, Inc. plans to drill an Amsden formation test. 2,500’MD/TVD. Surface casing to be set at 250’ and cemented to surface.

Lybeck 4-35-35-20 2020-08-20
Behm Energy, Inc. plans to drill a vertical oil well with an objective formation being the Sawtooth, 4,490’ TVD/MD.

Burlington 1-8AD 2020-08-20
Running Foxes Petroleum, Inc. plans to drill an Amsden formation test. 2,500’MD/TVD. Surface casing to be set at 250’ and cemented to surface.

Hiland Pipeline LUL-1255 conversion to Easement 2020-08-13
Kinder Morgan, Inc has applied to the DNRC Eastern Land Office to convert previously obtained Land Use License-1255 for a 4” steel gas pipeline to a right of way easement. This pipeline has already been placed and is currently in operation under LUL-1255. A portion of the pipeline held under LUL-1255 had previously been converted into an easement, the proponent wishes to convert the remainder of the pipeline held under LUL-1255 at this time. The proponent has submitted a DS-406 along with supporting documentation for the easement application. LUL-1255 currently covers approximately 17.21 rods of pipeline on the tract listed above.

Rowin 17-5 #2H 2020-08-07
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,269’MD/10,323’TVD.

Rowin 17-5 #4H 2020-08-07
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,222’MD/10,323’TVD.

Rowin 17-5 #3H 2020-08-07
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 24,850’MD/10,323’TVD.

O’Connor 20-34 2020-08-07
TSAVOIL, LLC plans to drill an 8,200’ TVD / 8,254.39’ MD well with the objective formation being the Interlake.

Dagney 33-21 2H 2020-07-14
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,327’MD/10,587’TVD.

Dagney 33-21 3H 2020-07-14
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,293’MD/10,587’TVD.

Dagney 33-21 4H 2020-07-14
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,457’MD/10,587’TVD.

Simmons 21-23 2020-07-14
TSAVOIL, LLC plans to drill an 8,000’ MD/TVD well with the objective formation being the Duperow.

Kai 16-4 #4H 2020-07-14
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,351’MD/10,298’TVD.

Kai 16-4 #3H 2020-07-14
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,151’MD/10,298’TVD.

Kai 16-4 #2H 2020-07-14
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,235’MD/10,298’TVD.

Minerals

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Conservation

Reservoir Creek Restoration Project 2020-08-18
This proposal intendeds to improve riparian health and increase instream habitat complexity using low-tech process-based restoration structures, specifically beaver dam analogues and woody debris structures. Over the next 3 years 70- 120 structures will be built and maintained by hand using on-site woody material and sediment. Each year up to 50 structures will be built. Over the entire project reach that equates to approximately one structure every 90-130 feet. Structures density may be tighter in places and there may also be longer reaches without structures. Structure count and density will be dependent on-site specific stream conditions as well as the streams response as structures are built and monitored. Stream response to the previous year’s structures will be evaluated annually by the proponent with consultation of the DNRC and MT FWP to determine changes and response to the individual structures. After the evaluation process decisions to install additional structures will be determined. In the event an individual structure is not meeting objectives, or it is inhibiting the overall project reach from meeting objectives, that structure would be removed with hand tools. 

The proposal is designed to increase channel-floodplain connectivity, incision recovery, and habitat creation for beaver expansion. The design is intended to provide immediate benefits to Reservoir Creek, however long-term restoration of Reservoir Creek to its historic condition will likely require additional restoration treatments, and natural beaver dam activity.

Fencing of the riparian area along portions of the stream on DNRC land may be required to control the amount of grazing that occurs adjacent to the stream to protect willow establishment. Other grazing modifications might include the implementation of a rotational grazing plan or changing use of the pasture into the fall. Staking of willow trees may also be incorporated into the proposal during the life of the project.

Forestry

Forest Practices

Ancker HRA 27-B-47767 Alternative Practice 2020-08-24
Allow operation of wheeled & tracked equipment into SMZ to remove hazard trees.

Forest Improvement Projects

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Timber Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Management Activities

Swedish Chicken Blowdown 2020-09-02
The Swedish Chicken Blowdown Categorical Exclusion is located approximately 6 air miles northeast of Olney Montana. Approximately 300 Mbf of blowdown has occurred, primarily from within existing seedtree harvest units, and is proposed for salvage.

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

Red Rock Ranch Stock Water Improvement Project 2020-09-08
This environmental assessment is being conducted to study effects of a proposed re-development of a spring site, new buried stock water pipeline, and 2 stock tanks to be located on the above referenced Trust Land Tract. The proponent, Turner Enterprises, Inc (TEI) is the lessee of the affected trust land. The pipeline would originate at an existing but dilapidated spring development on Trust Land located in the SWSENE, Section 24, T11S R10W. The buried line would follow the unnamed drainage West, then split where lines would go to each of 2 tanks (see attached aerial photo depiction of the project), Tank No. 1 would be located in the SWNWSE, and Tank No. 2 would be located in the NWNENW. Length of buried pipeline on Trust Land would be approximately 7,200 feet. The purpose of the new line is to provide upland water sources to improve water availability and quality to a dry area.

Buerkle and Sons Stockwater Pipeline 2020-08-21
The surface lessee Buerkle and Sons Inc has requested to place a stock-water pipeline on the above-mentioned tract of State Trust Land. This proposed pipeline will feed a stock-water tank and 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.

Steve Stoddard Stockwater Pipeline 2020-08-21
The surface lessee Steve Stoddard 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.

Nine Mile County Water & Sewer District – Water Transmission Pipeline 2020-08-18
Nine Mile County Water & Sewer District (Nine Mile CWSD) proposes the installment of an underground water transmission pipeline (Water Line), with a Right of Way (ROW) corridor approximately 253 feet in length and 20 feet in width, located on state land in Toole County, MT, referred herein as the “Project”. See Attachment A, Project Location. The Water Line will connect to the main water line that runs parallel to the southern border of the tract, which provides service to the Nine Mile CWSD with potable water from Shelby, Montana, for the purpose of providing water to the Sunburst Cemetery (easement number 3287).

Recreational Use

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Gallatin River Pipeline Bore 2020-09-17
The purpose of these easements is to provide a natural gas distributions pipeline (Northwestern Energy) and sewer and fiber optic lines (Pfeil Acquisitions, LLC) to property owned by Pfeil Acquisitions, LLC. The lines will be bored under the Gallatin River in this location.

Cook Creek Reciprocal 2020-08-26
Reciprocal easement between Cook Creek LLC and State of Montana

Northern Telephone Cooperative Telecommunications Easement 2020-08-12
Northern Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (NTC, Inc.) proposes the installment of an underground telecommunications facility (Cable), with a Right of Way (ROW) corridor approximately 20 feet in length and with 10 feet on each side of a centerline in width, located on state land (lease number 6826) in Toole County, MT, referred herein as the “Project”. See, Attachment A, Project Location Map. The Cable will provide improved telecommunications toll and distribution facilities to the Kevin Exchange area, as well as capabilities for future growth.

Water

Water Right Environmental Assessments.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Nilan Dam Guard Gate Repairs - Environmental Checklist 2020-07-21
The guard gate stem at the Nilan North dam is bent and inoperable, and therefore needs to be
replaced. Water is released from the dam via two control gates; a guard gate and an operating gate. The guard gate is upstream of the operating gate and is normally open to allow the operating gate to regulate flow from the reservoir. The guard gate is typically only closed to allow inspection of the outlet conduit and the operating gate. Should the operating gate malfunction, the guard gate could temporarily control flow. The stem moves the gate up and down into open and closed positions. The bent stem prevents the guard gate from opening and closing properly. The proposed project is to replace the bent guard gate stem and associated hardware (brackets, stem guides, etc.) that attach the stem to the tower wall and the gate. Stem guides on the Nilan East dam will also be replaced as preventative maintenance.

Painted Rocks Dam Toe Access Improvements Project - Final EA 2020-07-07
Final EA. The State of Montana has proposed to build a bridge and make road improvements to create reliable, all-weather vehicular access to the toe (downstream outlet area) of Painted Rocks Dam. Vehicles can currently only access the downstream toe of the dam during limited periods of time by fording the West Fork Bitterroot River approximately 1,500 feet downstream of the dam. This requires a high clearance vehicle, environmental permitting, and preparatory work with an excavator to slope the streambanks. The access road and bridge will be used to support both ongoing operation, maintenance and repair activities, as well as anticipated future major repair and reconstruction activities. The improved access will also allow aquatic resource impacts and streamflow interruptions to be minimized.

Painted Rocks Dam Toe Access Improvements Project- Notice of Decision 2020-07-07
Project's Notice of Decision. The State of Montana has proposed to build a bridge and make road improvements to create reliable, all-weather vehicular access to the toe (downstream outlet area) of Painted Rocks Dam. Vehicles can currently only access the downstream toe of the dam during limited periods of time by fording the West Fork Bitterroot River approximately 1,500 feet downstream of the dam. This requires a high clearance vehicle, environmental permitting, and preparatory work with an excavator to slope the streambanks. The access road and bridge will be used to support both ongoing operation, maintenance and repair activities, as well as anticipated future major repair and reconstruction activities. The improved access will also allow aquatic resource impacts and streamflow interruptions to be minimized.

 Water Rights

 

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