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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.

How to find DNRC Environmental Documents (pdf)

Coal, Oil, Gas, and Other Minerals

Non-Mechanized Exploration LULs 2020-12-04
Non-mechanical mineral exploration for precious and base metal deposits (lode and placer) is proposed. The company plans to gather historical information into their GIS dataset to plan how best to facilitate non-mechanized field work. The field work is expected to include geologic mapping, rock chip sampling of outcrops and historic mine dumps, soil sampling, and passive geophysical (magnetometer) surveys. Information gathered will be processed and mapped in GIS. Projects are anticipated to begin after Land Use License requirements are met, likely in December 2020.

Coal and Coal Bed Natural Gas (CBNG)

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Oil and Gas

Leah 29-32 #1H 2021-02-11
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 20,991’MD/10,384’TVD.

Katrina 30-31 #1H 2021-02-11
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 20,971’MD/10,440’TVD.

Hillside 44-7 2021-02-11
Single derrick drilling rig to drill to 5,000’ TD, Cut Bank, Banff, Nisku Formations.

Marvin 2-14 #1H 33-25n-59e 2021-01-07
Triple derrick rig 22,702’MD/10,516’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,087’.

Marvin 2-14 #2H 33-25n-59e 2021-01-07
Triple derrick rig 22,529’MD/10,516’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,087’.

Marvin 2-14 #3H 33-25n-59e  2021-01-07
Triple derrick rig 22,543’MD/10,516’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,087’.

Marvin 2-14 #4H 33-25n-59e 2021-01-07
Triple derrick rig 22,726’MD/10,516’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,087’.

Porky-Harold 9-13-HSU 9-24n-54e 2021-01-07
Triple derrick rig 15,925’MD/9,692’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,627’.

Stockade-Calesto 33-3-HSU 33-25n-54e 2021-01-07
Triple derrick rig 16,073’MD/9,724’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,520’.

Minerals

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry

Montana Forest Action Plan

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Management Activities

Sheep Gap Blowdown 2021-02-11
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) proposes to sell approximately 200 tons (30 MBF) of salvage timber in the West Fork Swamp Creek drainage, Section 22, T20 North, R27 West, approximately 5 air miles west of Plains, Montana.

Forest Practices

HRA 27B48069 Alternative Practice EA 2021-02-01
Proponent desires to operate tracked equipment within class 2 SMZ to salvage windthrown timber.

HRA 27B48070 Alternative Practice EA 2021-02-01
HRA contractor desires to salvage windthrown timber within and SMZ. Proponent desires to operate wheeled and tracked equipment within SMZ for salvage.

Forest Improvement Projects

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Management Activities

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Timber Sales

Stryker Bull Timber Sale 2021-02-05
The Stillwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Stryker Bull Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 10 miles northwest of Olney, MT in the northwest portion of the Stillwater State Forest, in both Lincoln and Flathead County.

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.

Commercial Real Estate

The Clearwater Energy Resources Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is available for public review. You can find it on the DNRC webpage here: Clearwater Energy Resources DEIS

This DEIS has been prepared by Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. for the Montana Department of  Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to assess the impacts of leasing 4,484.7 acres of school trust land in Custer, Garfield, and Rosebud counties to Clearwater Energy Resources LLC (Clearwater  Energy Resources). Clearwater Energy Resources is owned by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. The Proposed Action would lease the surrounding state trust land for the construction and operation of 11 wind turbine generators (WTG) and associated infrastructure. The proposed 11 WTG  are part of a larger project known as the Clearwater Wind Energy Center (CWEC) that is being developed on private land surrounding the state trust land parcels. 

Please review the information presented in the DEIS and provide comments to Sierra Farmer, MEPA coordinator, to sierrafarmer@mt.gov, or via mail to 2705 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT. 59804  
Comments must be received by April 2, 2021.  

Agriculture/LUL

Shelby Truck LUL 2021-02-26
Short duration LUL for general commercial uses (expired term easement D-9776)

 

Barbara Joan Murphy Trust Stock Water Pipeline & Fence Installation 2021-02-24 
The Barbara Joan Murphy Trust is proposing the installation of a stock water pipeline approximately 4150 feet in length in the southwest corner of Section 36, Township 14 North, Range 26 East. In addition, the Barbara Joan Murphy Trust has proposed to install a new fence line that would run north to south that would split Section 36 into equal east and west halves.

Missouri River Forestry LLP Land Use License 2021-02-24
Proposed Action: Temporary Road Use Permit Land Use License for skidding and hauling across school trust land on Goldminer Lane and an unnamed spur.

Haaland Expired CRP Break Request 2021-02-05
Wilbur & Susan Haaland have requested to break approximately 466 acres of recently expired CRP and return the land to agricultural production.

Improvement Request for Fence in Tenderfoot 2021-02-01
The USFS and the DNRC Grazing Lessee, Zehntner Bros LLC, have submitted a proposal to place an improvement on Montana State Trust Land, grazing lease number 9869 located in T14N-R5E Sections 30, 31 & 32. These State Land tracts are completely surrounded by USFS lands, called the “Bald Hills Grazing Allotment”. The portion of the improvements located on State Trust Land would include building approximately 1000’ of new fence located on the boundary between Sections 30 & 31, approximately 4000 feet of new fence on the eastern boundary of the State Trust Land in Section 30, and approximately 1320 feet of fence and a gate along the western boundary of the state land in section 30.

Recreational Use

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Mid Rivers Communications Wolf Point Exchange Fiber Optic 2021 2021-02-24
MidRivers Communications has requested from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation easements for the placement and maintenance of fiber optic cable across the referenced tracts of state land. 

InterBel Utility Line Easement, Stillwater River 2021-02-18
InterBel Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (InterBel) is proposing to install new underground fiberoptic telecommunications facilities to extend their existing transport network to a new interconnect point. InterBel is locating these facilities along existing public roadways. There are two Stillwater River crossing locations where InterBel would need a Navigable River Utility Easement from DNRC to bore underneath the riverbed. The Right-of-Ways would extend 20 feet in width with 10 feet on each side of centerline for both river crossing locations. The estimated encumbered acreage totals 0.09 acres in all.

Mid Rivers North Ryegate Fiber Optic Improvements 2021-02-18
Mid Rivers Communications is proposing an upgrade from existing copper phone line to buried fiber optic line for phone and internet service. The new line will be installed with the trenchless method along existing county roads.

Soft Rock Easement 2021-02-18
KC Kollenkark, Sleeping Child Management LLC, is requesting a 30-foot easement across state-owned trust lands to access private property south of section 36 T7N R20W. Mr. Kollenkark is proposing to locate the easement starting at the western boundary of section 36 on Soft Rock Road which then connects with an existing two track road that runs south off Soft Rock road for approximately ¼ mile connecting with his property. Total distance of the easement would be 1,726.24 feet. Total acreage affected by the easement would be 1.19 acres.

Mid-Rivers Communications West Sidney Exchange Fiber Optic 2021 2021-02-05
Mid-Rivers Communication has requested easements from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the purpose of placing and maintaining fiber optic cable lines across the below referenced state parcels.

Triangle Communications Easement EA 2021-02-01
Triangle Communications is applying for a 20' wide easement on state land for the installation of a new underground telecommunications line. The easement is part of a larger project where Triangle Communications is upgrading their telecommunications lines in the Molt Interchange area to provide a high speed Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network.

Water

Water Right Environmental Assessments.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Nothing new in the last 30 days. 

Water Rights

 

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