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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

Merkel Road Improvement 2018-02-06
Jason Merkel has applied for an aggregate permit on state lands. There is a small embankment with a headwall created when the road was built. The embankment contains gravel and he would like to use the gravel to improve the road that begins on state lands and continues to his private property.

Coal and Coal Bed Natural Gas (CBNG)

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Oil and Gas

Tortuga #26-1 SWD 2018-05-22
Hydra MT LLC plans to drill a class II injection well in the Dakota Formation with a TD / TVD of 5,500’. Surface casing will set to 1,735’. This well is planned to be a salt water disposal well.

Vitt 16-1 2018-03-22
Drilling rig to drill 9,803’MD / TVD Flat Lake, Mission Canyon, Tilston, and Lodgepole Formation test. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’.

Jill 26-25 #5H 2018-03-22
Triple derrick rig 20,102’MD/10,022’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,735’.

Jill 26-25 #4H 2018-03-22
Triple derrick rig 19,984’MD/10,022’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,735’.

Jill 26-25 #3H 2018-03-22
Triple derrick rig 19,930’MD/10,022’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,735’.
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Jill 26-25 #2H 2018-03-22
Triple derrick rig 20,025’MD/10,022’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,735’.

Jill 26-25 #1H 2018-03-21
Triple derrick rig 20,149’MD/10,022’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,735’.

Other Minerals

Madison County McKee Gravel Pit Expansion 2018-05-08
Madison County is proposing to expand the existing McKee gravel pit near Jeffers Montana from 15.3 acres to 30 acres. The project is located along the Jack Creek Bench road on an existing roadside cut.

Small Volume Permit S-2100-10 2018-05-07
The proponent is requesting a Small Volume Permit to remove sandstone from the NE4NE4NW4 of Section 16, T9S R22E. The sandstone will be sold by Capstone Quarry for decorative rock to the local public. The proposed project will impact less than 1 acre and remove approximately 10 tons of stone.

Wyrick Gravel Pit Expansion 2018-04-25
Wyrick Construction is requesting that the DNRC Trust Lands Management Division renew existing gravel permit G-1498-15 to include an expanded pit area of 8.9 acres. The total gravel pit area amounts to 17.1 acres.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.


Forestry

Forest Management/Forest Practices

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Management Activity

Idaho Creek/Jack Creek Conifer Encroachment Treatment 2018-06-19
The Dillon Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has received habitat improvement requests from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MTFWP) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for the Idaho Creek and Jack Creek areas. The project objective is the removal of low density conifers that are encroaching into sage brush habitat across several identified areas in Southwest Montana.

Big Sheep Creek Conifer Encroachment Treatment Project 2018-06-12
The Dillon Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has received a request from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MTFWP) for a conifer encroachment removal project in the Big Sheep Creek area (T13S R9W Sections 29, 30, 31 & 32). The project would primarily benefit moose and mule deer winter range through the removal of Douglas-fir, Rocky Mountain juniper, and limber pine in stands of mountain mahogany on 223 acres.

Medicine Lodge Conifer Encroachment Treatment 2018-06-12
The Dillon Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has received a request from Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) for a conifer encroachment removal project in the Medicine Lodge Drainage. The project will benefit primarily sage grouse habitat by removing scattered Douglas-fir from sagebrush-grassland habitat. This project could begin as early as spring 2018 and could take up to 5 years to complete. The NRCS has secured funding for this project in the Medicine Lodge Drainage (T11S, R12W, Sections 9, 16, 28 & 33) that is a continuation of treatments that have occurred on adjacent Federal and private lands.

Timber Sales

Timber Sales up for Bid Additional Timber Sale Information
Timber Sales Results

Camas Back EA Amendment 2018-06-19
This amendment analyzed the effects of using an alternate route for the Wallace Cramer timber sale. This amendment will be teared to the Camas Back EA

Black Smith Timber Sale 2018-06-12
The Helena Unit of the Montana DNRC is proposing the Black Smith Timber Sale. The project is located 24 miles south of Great Falls, MT.

Big Ohs Limited Access Timber Sale 2018-06-12
The Bozeman Unit of the Montana DNRC is proposing the Big Ohs Limited Access Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 2 air miles northwest of Pony, MT.

Beaver Creek Bay Timber Sales 2018-06-12
The Plains Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Beaver Creek Bay Timber Sales which would be split into the Beaver Creek East Timber Sale & Beaver Creek West Timber Sale. Beaver Creek East Timber Sale would be a limited access timber harvest. The project is located 17 air miles northwest of Thompson Falls, MT.

Black Smith Timber Sale 2018-05-22
DNRC would harvest approximately 610 thousand board feet (MBF) of primarily Douglas-fir trees utilizing seed tree and group selection harvest systems.

Land Use/Land Use Licenses

Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology Monitoring Wells 2018-05-23
The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology has requested permission of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to construct two water monitoring wells on state tracts.

Native Seed Foundation Seed Collection 2018-05-23
To land use license grant to collect seeds on this section.

Range Telephone Emergency Line Replacement 2018-05-23
Range Telephone has requested a land use license from the DNRC Eastern Land Office. This LUL is for the purpose HDD boring of a replacement fiber optic line. This line will provide for a communications link to rural areas of Custer, Carter and Powder River Counties. The existing aerial line has fallen down due to high water on the Powder River. Range will be required to file for a historic right of way easement for utilities within 60 days of the issuance of this license.

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

Camas Creek Spring Development 2018-06-12
DNRC grazing lessee, Camas Creek Cattle & Sheep Co., would like to develop a spring for cattle grazing. This project would include installing a spring box, approximately 100 feet of pipeline and a stockwater tank. All items would be on state lands

Camas Creek Waterline and Tank 2018-06-12
DNRC grazing lessee, Camas Creek Cattle & Sheep Co., would like to extend an existing stockwater pipeline from an existing tank on State lands. The proposed pipeline would go east, approximately 1/2 mile and the new tank would be placed on the fence line to water cattle from multiple pastures. Please see map at the end of the EA.

NorVal Power Line to Nemont Cell Tower 2018-05-23
The proponent proposes to install an underground power line to provide power to a cellular tower site on the School Trust land.

Matador Ruby Range Stock Water Well Project 2018 2018-05-22
The DNRC received an improvement request form from Kyle Hardin, manager for Matador Cattle Company to construct a stock water development on two adjacent Montana State Trust Land Sections. The proposed project is located in the Southern Ruby Mountains area of Beaverhead County. The development would include drilling a well located on State Trust Land in the NESESE of Section 18, T9S R7W. A stock tank is proposed near the well site. Approximately 1¼ miles of 1¼ - 1½” plastic pipe would be buried through the S½S½ of Section 18 and into the N½SE¼ of Section 13, T9S R8W. A second stock tank would be placed at the end of the buried pipeline in the NWSE of Section 13. The purpose of the project is to provide water to an area that currently does not have dependable surface water available. The affected tracts include T9S R7W Sec. 18 and T9S R8W Section 13.

Recreational Use

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Mid-Rivers Rural FTTP 2018-06-21
Mid-Rivers has requested an easement strip 16 feet wide, 8 feet on each side of the centerline through above said tract to install and maintain an underground telecommunication cable.

NorthWestern Energy Natural Gas Pipeline River Crossing 2018-06-13
NorthWestern Energy is proposing to install a new segment of the Warren to Billings pipeline which consists of a 12-inch diameter natural gas pipeline located underneath the navigable riverbed of the Yellowstone River in Section 11-T1S-R26E in Yellowstone County within a new 40’ wide by ±608.54’ long easement encompassing ±0.56 acres. This portion of the Yellowstone River is very braided, so the easement actually has three different segments where it crosses under the current channels of the Yellowstone River as well as islands owned by the city of Billings. These islands were originally federally owned, since they existed at statehood, and were later transferred to the City of Billings. The new section of pipeline will be installed by Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and would be located at least 50’ below the riverbed along most of its length, except for the far north/west end where the depth will be ±36’.

Ryegate Rural FTTP 2018-06-13
Mid-Rivers has requested an easement strip 16 feet wide, 8 feet on each side of the centerline through above said tract to install and maintain an underground telecommunication cable. The proposed easement has a length of 63 feet containing around .02 acres.

Twin Bridges Fairgrounds Water Main Extension 2018-06-12
The Town of Twin Bridges would like to replace the existing water main from the Town of Twin Bridges for water service to the Madison County Fairgrounds. The new main will be installed via horizontal directional drilling and all excavations will be outside of the Beaverhead River bank. The proposed new 12” HDPE water main will maintain a minimum distance of six feet from the river bed during the installation process.

St. Marie Fiber 2018-06-12
The proponent proposes to install an underground fiber optic line within a right-of-way 20’ wide (10’ on either side of a centerline) across School Trust lands in Valley County. The line will allow for improved telecommunication capabilities in this rural area and surrounding communities.

Wisdom Montana Exchange Utility Easement 2018-05-22
The proposed action is the issuance of a Utility Easement for the installation of a new underground telecommunications cable to upgrade their current facilities to the Wisdom Montana Exchange service area. The proposed route is the most direct route between terminus locations while also providing access to existing and future network considerations. The proposed route will provide accessibility for construction and maintenance since it is located primarily along an existing roadway on the state parcel. The total length of the proposal is approximately 5,561 feet in length and 20 feet wide. The right of way would encumber 2.486 acres of state land.

Weeds

Nothing new within the last 30 days

Wind

Access road for South Peak Wind Farm 2018-06-18
A 30 foot wide access road to accommodate large trucks and equipment for construction and maintenance for the proposed South Peak Wind Farm in Judith Basin County north of Geyser.

Water

Water Right Environmental Assessments.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Water Rights

MEPA – Public Participation Guide
A tool to assist the public in providing quality comments on Montana's environmental projects.

Links to Other Agency Environmental Documents

Department of Environmental Quality

Department of Transportation Montana

Fish Wildlife and Parks