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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

#1 Simmes Ranch 41-5 2019-05-14
Single derrick drilling rig to drill to 2600’ TD, Madison Formation.

Saltwater Disposal Pipeline 2019-04-26
RIM Operating proposes to install a 3" saltwater disposal pipeline from an existing oil well (State 8-16) to a nearby disposal well (Christensen Trust 15-9). The pipeline will be bored and buried from the State 8-16 well pad to the Nathaniel Road easement, where the pipeline will be trenched and buried up to the Coalridge Highway. The pipeline would be bored and buried under the Coalridge Highway and brought into the Christensen Trust 15-9 well pad along the well's access road.

Unit MC44-29NH 2019-04-16|
Denbury plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Mission Canyon formation, 12,624’ MD / 7,318’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented back to surface.

Unit MC44-29SH 2019-04-16
Denbury plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Mission Canyon formation, 12,242’ MD / 7,314’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented back to surface.

Higgins 13-24 #2H 2019-04-16
Triple derrick rig 20,766’MD/10,257’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,150’.

Higgins 13-24 #3H 2019-04-16
Triple derrick rig 20,665’MD/10,257’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,150’.

Higgins 13-24 #4H 2019-04-16
Triple derrick rig 20,756’MD/10,257’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,150’.

Colorado Charlie-1H
Alta Vista Oil Corporation plans to drill a horizontal Mowry Formation test, 8,098’ TVD/ 12,054’ MD. The location is in core Sage Grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval. Program letter received 1-23-2019.

Other Minerals

Sheldon Flats Amendment 2019-04-03
The operator holds gravel permits with DEQ and DNRC and is in compliance with them. The DEQ Opencut permit allows for the use of an asphalt plant on site and the location is shown on the attached site map. The current DNRC permit does not include an asphalt plant use and is being amended to do so. All other permitted parameters would remain the same and unchanged. Asphalt production would be temporary and conducted in direct support of nearby projects.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry

Forest Management/Forest Practices
Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Management Activity
Whitewood PCT 2019-05-03
This CEA covers the Whitewood Pre-Commercial Thinning project on the Swan River State Forest. The Project consists of 96 acres of Pre-Commercial Thinning in two units, one on the Main Woodward Road, and the other on the Woodward Point Road.

Timber Sales|
Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Timber Sales up for Bid Additional Timber Sale Information

Land Use/Land Use Licenses

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Banking Sales

Custer County Land Banking 2019-05-15
Proposal to sell two parcels of state owned trust lands totaling 960 through the Land Banking Program

Conrad Unit – CLO – Meissner Ranches Inc. 2019-05-14
Offered for Sale at Public Auction are 40.00 acres of state land currently held in trust for the benefit Common Schools. Revenue from the sale would be deposited in a special account, with monies from other sales around the State, to purchase replacement lands meeting acquisition criteria related to legal access, productivity, potential income, and proximity to existing state ownership which would then be held in trust for the benefit of the same beneficiary Trust in relative proportion. The 2003 State Legislature passed statutes (77-2-361 through 367 MCA) authorizing the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to sell State School Trust Lands and utilize those funds to purchase replacement lands for the school trust through a process called Land Banking. The intent of the program is for the state to dispose of scattered tracts of land that generally do not have legal access, generate substantially less income for the trust than their relative value, or are difficult for the DNRC to manage. The funds generated from sales are then used to purchase property that is blocked or contiguous to state land, has legal access, has potential for increased Trust revenue and consequently is more efficient to manage. In 2005 the Department began accepting nominations from lessees and DNRC personnel for state tracts to be considered for sale under the program. Nominations were evaluated and the State Board of Land Commissioners (Board) prioritized for sale. To date the DNRC and the Board has sold 80,165 acres and purchased 98,228 acres.

Conrad Unit – CLO – Heirmosa Ranch LLC 2019-05-14
Offered for Sale at Public Auction are 40.00 acres of state land currently held in trust for the benefit Capitol Buildings. Revenue from the sale would be deposited in a special account, with monies from other sales around the State, to purchase replacement lands meeting acquisition criteria related to legal access, productivity, potential income, and proximity to existing state ownership which would then be held in trust for the benefit of the same beneficiary Trust in relative proportion. The 2003 State Legislature passed statutes (77-2-361 through 367 MCA) authorizing the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to sell State School Trust Lands and utilize those funds to purchase replacement lands for the school trust through a process called Land Banking. The intent of the program is for the state to dispose of scattered tracts of land that generally do not have legal access, generate substantially less income for the trust than their relative value or are difficult for the DNRC to manage. The funds generated from sales are then used to purchase property that is blocked or contiguous to state land, has legal access, has potential for increased Trust revenue and consequently is more efficient to manage. In 2005 the Department began accepting nominations from lessees and DNRC personnel for state tracts to be considered for sale under the program. Nominations were evaluated and the State Board of Land Commissioners (Board) prioritized for sale. To date the DNRC and the Board has sold 80,165 acres and purchased 98,228 acres.

Conrad Unit – CLO – Hawks Angus Inc. 2019-05-14
Offered for Sale at Public Auction are 120.00 acres of state land currently held in trust for the benefit Common Schools. Revenue from the sale would be deposited in a special account, with monies from other sales around the State, to purchase replacement lands meeting acquisition criteria related to legal access, productivity, potential income, and proximity to existing state ownership which would then be held in trust for the benefit of the same beneficiary Trust in relative proportion. The 2003 State Legislature passed statutes (77-2-361 through 367 MCA) authorizing the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to sell State School Trust Lands and utilize those funds to purchase replacement lands for the school trust through a process called Land Banking. The intent of the program is for the state to dispose of scattered tracts of land that generally do not have legal access, generate substantially less income for the trust than their relative value or are difficult for the DNRC to manage. The funds generated from sales are then used to purchase property that is blocked or contiguous to state land, has legal access, has potential for increased Trust revenue and consequently is more efficient to manage. In 2005 the Department began accepting nominations from lessees and DNRC personnel for state tracts to be considered for sale under the program. Nominations were evaluated and the State Board of Land Commissioners (Board) prioritized for sale. To date the DNRC and the Board has sold 80,165 acres and purchased 98,228 acres.

Conrad Unit – CLO – Gerald Lear 2019-05-14
Offered for Sale at Public Auction are 68.56 acres of state land currently held in trust for the benefit Common Schools. Revenue from the sale would be deposited in a special account, with monies from other sales around the State, to purchase replacement lands meeting acquisition criteria related to legal access, productivity, potential income, and proximity to existing state ownership which would then be held in trust for the benefit of the same beneficiary Trust in relative proportion. The 2003 State Legislature passed statutes (77-2-361 through 367 MCA) authorizing the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to sell State School Trust Lands and utilize those funds to purchase replacement lands for the school trust through a process called Land Banking. The intent of the program is for the state to dispose of scattered tracts of land that generally do not have legal access, generate substantially less income for the trust than their relative value or are difficult for the DNRC to manage. The funds generated from sales are then used to purchase property that is blocked or contiguous to state land, has legal access, has potential for increased Trust revenue and consequently is more efficient to manage. In 2005 the Department began accepting nominations from lessees and DNRC personnel for state tracts to be considered for sale under the program. Nominations were evaluated and the State Board of Land Commissioners (Board) prioritized for sale. To date the DNRC and the Board has sold 80,165 acres and purchased 98,228 acres.

Conrad Unit – CLO – Fred & Gayle Stout 2019-05-14
Offered for Sale at Public Auction are 40.00 acres of state land currently held in trust for the benefit Capitol Buildings. Revenue from the sale would be deposited in a special account, with monies from other sales around the State, to purchase replacement lands meeting acquisition criteria related to legal access, productivity, potential income, and proximity to existing state ownership which would then be held in trust for the benefit of the same beneficiary Trust in relative proportion. The 2003 State Legislature passed statutes (77-2-361 through 367 MCA) authorizing the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to sell State School Trust Lands and utilize those funds to purchase replacement lands for the school trust through a process called Land Banking. The intent of the program is for the state to dispose of scattered tracts of land that generally do not have legal access, generate substantially less income for the trust than their relative value or are difficult for the DNRC to manage. The funds generated from sales are then used to purchase property that is blocked or contiguous to state land, has legal access, has potential for increased Trust revenue and consequently is more efficient to manage. In 2005 the Department began accepting nominations from lessees and DNRC personnel for state tracts to be considered for sale under the program. Nominations were evaluated and the State Board of Land Commissioners (Board) prioritized for sale. To date the DNRC and the Board has sold 80,165 acres and purchased 98,228 acres.

Conrad Unit – CLO – Diamond 4D, LLC 2019-05-14
Offered for Sale at Public Auction are 40.00 acres of state land currently held in trust for the benefit Capitol Buildings. Revenue from the sale would be deposited in a special account, with monies from other sales around the State, to purchase replacement lands meeting acquisition criteria related to legal access, productivity, potential income, and proximity to existing state ownership which would then be held in trust for the benefit of the same beneficiary Trust in relative proportion. The 2003 State Legislature passed statutes (77-2-361 through 367 MCA) authorizing the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to sell State School Trust Lands and utilize those funds to purchase replacement lands for the school trust through a process called Land Banking. The intent of the program is for the state to dispose of scattered tracts of land that generally do not have legal access, generate substantially less income for the trust than their relative value or are difficult for the DNRC to manage. The funds generated from sales are then used to purchase property that is blocked or contiguous to state land, has legal access, has potential for increased Trust revenue and consequently is more efficient to manage. In 2005 the Department began accepting nominations from lessees and DNRC personnel for state tracts to be considered for sale under the program. Nominations were evaluated and the State Board of Land Commissioners (Board) prioritized for sale. To date the DNRC and the Board has sold 80,165 acres and purchased 98,228 acres.

Conrad Unit – CLO – Daniel Roark 2019-05-14
Offered for Sale at Public Auction are 40.00 acres of state land currently held in trust for the benefit Capitol Buildings. Revenue from the sale would be deposited in a special account, with monies from other sales around the State, to purchase replacement lands meeting acquisition criteria related to legal access, productivity, potential income, and proximity to existing state ownership which would then be held in trust for the benefit of the same beneficiary Trust in relative proportion. The 2003 State Legislature passed statutes (77-2-361 through 367 MCA) authorizing the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to sell State School Trust Lands and utilize those funds to purchase replacement lands for the school trust through a process called Land Banking. The intent of the program is for the state to dispose of scattered tracts of land that generally do not have legal access, generate substantially less income for the trust than their relative value or are difficult for the DNRC to manage. The funds generated from sales are then used to purchase property that is blocked or contiguous to state land, has legal access, has potential for increased Trust revenue and consequently is more efficient to manage. In 2005 the Department began accepting nominations from lessees and DNRC personnel for state tracts to be considered for sale under the program. Nominations were evaluated and the State Board of Land Commissioners (Board) prioritized for sale. To date the DNRC and the Board has sold 80,165 acres and purchased 98,228 acres.

Conrad Unit – CLO – Barr & Colleen Gustafson 2019-05-14
Offered for Sale at Public Auction are 40.00 acres of state land currently held in trust for the benefit Common Schools. Revenue from the sale would be deposited in a special account, with monies from other sales around the State, to purchase replacement lands meeting acquisition criteria related to legal access, productivity, potential income, and proximity to existing state ownership which would then be held in trust for the benefit of the same beneficiary Trust in relative proportion. The 2003 State Legislature passed statutes (77-2-361 through 367 MCA) authorizing the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to sell State School Trust Lands and utilize those funds to purchase replacement lands for the school trust through a process called Land Banking. The intent of the program is for the state to dispose of scattered tracts of land that generally do not have legal access, generate substantially less income for the trust than their relative value or are difficult for the DNRC to manage. The funds generated from sales are then used to purchase property that is blocked or contiguous to state land, has legal access, has potential for increased Trust revenue and consequently is more efficient to manage. In 2005 the Department began accepting nominations from lessees and DNRC personnel for state tracts to be considered for sale under the program. Nominations were evaluated and the State Board of Land Commissioners (Board) prioritized for sale. To date the DNRC and the Board has sold 80,165 acres and purchased 98,228 acres.

Conrad Unit – CLO – Glacier Colony 2019-05-14
Offered for Sale at Public Auction are 40.00 acres of state land currently held in trust for the benefit Capitol Buildings. Revenue from the sale would be deposited in a special account, with monies from other sales around the State, to purchase replacement lands meeting acquisition criteria related to legal access, productivity, potential income, and proximity to existing state ownership which would then be held in trust for the benefit of the same beneficiary Trust in relative proportion. The 2003 State Legislature passed statutes (77-2-361 through 367 MCA) authorizing the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to sell State School Trust Lands and utilize those funds to purchase replacement lands for the school trust through a process called Land Banking. The intent of the program is for the state to dispose of scattered tracts of land that generally do not have legal access, generate substantially less income for the trust than their relative value or are difficult for the DNRC to manage. The funds generated from sales are then used to purchase property that is blocked or contiguous to state land, has legal access, has potential for increased Trust revenue and consequently is more efficient to manage. In 2005 the Department began accepting nominations from lessees and DNRC personnel for state tracts to be considered for sale under the program. Nominations were evaluated and the State Board of Land Commissioners (Board) prioritized for sale. To date the DNRC and the Board has sold 80,165 acres and purchased 98,228 acres.

Rosebud County Land Banking Sales 2019-04-26
Proposed sale of 2 parcels of trust lands totaling 1280 acres through the Land Banking Program

Custer County Land Banking 2019-04-26
Proposed sale of 5 trust land parcels totaling 3200 acres through the land banking program

Land Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Exchanges

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Agriculture

Erik Peterson Stock Water Pipeline Angela MU4 2019-05-20
Erik Peterson has requested of the MT DNRC permission to construct and maintain a stock water pipeline and tanks on the referenced state owned tracts.

Recreational Use

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Triangle Telephone Fiber Optic Easements 2019-05-20
Triangle Telephone Cooperative is applying for 20’ wide easements on two parcels of Trust land in Stillwater County for the underground installation of fiber optic cable.

Southern Montana Telephone Utility Easement 2019-05-20
The proposed action is to install an underground telecommunications fiber optic cable to upgrade their current facilities and services to the Jackson Exchange serving in and around Jackson Montana. The work will follow an existing access road to the Peterson Ranch. The improvements would offer state –of –the-art telecommunications toll and distribution facilities, as well as future growth capabilities for the company and the community

Fiber Optic Cables - Madison River Bore 11S R1E 2019-05-17
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 or county road rights-of-way both in public rights-of-way and utilizing some private easements. The cables will be bored under the Madison River in this location.

Fiber Optic Cables – Madison River Bore 11S R2E 2019-05-17
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 or county road rights-of-way both in public rights-of-way and utilizing some private easements.
The cables will be bored under the Madison River in this location.

Boney Access Road Easement 2019-05-08
Maury boney has filed an application with the DNRC for the purpose of receiving an easement for a private road.

3 Rivers Telephone Coop Easement Applications - Fairfield West 2019-05-01
3 Rivers Telephone Co-Op Inc. has requested to install buried fiber optic cables to upgrade their facilities and services in the Fairfield West exchange serving area around Fairfield, MT. The proposed easement routes are located besides existing roads and trails. The fiber optic cable will cross 5 tracts of state land. The fiber optic cable will be installed 36” to 42” deep by the utilization of a vibratory plow drawn by a crawler tractor. The easement will be 10.00’ wide through the state-owned tracts.

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

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