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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

Fee #1 - 2019-10-25
Single derrick rig 2,200’ MD/TVD re-entry Morrison formation test.

Spider Monkey #1 - 2019-10-25
Alta Vista Oil Corporation plans to drill a Charles Formation test, 6,000’ TD. The location is in core Sage Grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval.

Taylor LW 14-23 #3H - 2019-10-25
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,828’ MD, 10,389’ TVD. Four other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Taylor LW 14-23 #1H, Taylor LW 14-23 #2H, Taylor LW 14-23 #4H, and Taylor LW 14-23 #5H.

Taylor LW 14-23 #4H - 2019-10-25
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,982’ MD, 10,389’ TVD. Four other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Taylor LW 14-23 #1H, Taylor LW 14-23 #2H, Taylor LW 14-23 #3H, and Taylor LW 14-23 #5H.

 Taylor LW 14-23 #5H - 2019-10-25
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 21,165’ MD, 10,389’ TVD. Four other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Taylor LW 14-23 #1H, Taylor LW 14-23 #2H, Taylor LW 14-23 #3H, and Taylor LW 14-23 #4H.

Taylor LW 14-23 #2H - 2019-10-25
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,884’ MD, 10,389’ TVD. Four other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Taylor LW 14-23 #1H, Taylor LW 14-23 #3H, Taylor LW 14-23 #4H, and Taylor LW 14-23 #5H.

Taylor LW 14-23 #1H - 2019-10-25
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 21,065’ MD, 10,389’ TVD. Four other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Taylor LW 14-23 #2H, Taylor LW 14-23 #3H, Taylor LW 14-23 #4H, and Taylor LW 14-23 #5H.

Devin 4-13H - 2019-10-25
Continental Resources Inc. plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken formation, 25,441’ MD / 9,468’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 1,300’ and cemented back to surface.

Tolksdorf 2-12H - 2019-10-25
Continental Resources Inc. plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken formation, 25,157’ MD / 9,416’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 1,300’ and cemented back to surface.

Tolksdorf 3-12H - 2019-10-25
Continental Resources Inc. plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken formation, 25,223’ MD / 9,451’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 1,300’ and cemented back to surface.

Corwin 5 #1 - 2019-10-25
Sklar Exploration Company, LLC plans to drill a vertical gas well on private land with an objective formation being the Deadwood. The proposed total depth is 7,500’ TVD/MD. The surface hole will be drilled to 1,500’ with a freshwater mud system, Rule 36.22.1001. The location is in general sage grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval.

Hammar 44-17 2019-10-16
Jake Oil, LLC plans to drill a vertical pilot hole to test formations down to the Red River/Winnipegosis/Nisku/Madison formations, 7,635’ TMD / 6,700’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 800’ and cemented back to surface. Otherwise well will be plugged back to kick off point and will drill horizontally in the Mission Canyon zone.

Trower 31-27 2019-10-16
Jake Oil, LLC plans to drill a vertical pilot hole to test formations down to the Red River/Winnipegosis/Nisku/Madison formations, 7,310’ TMD / 6,600’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 800’ and cemented back to surface. Otherwise well will be plugged back to kick off point and will drill horizontally in the Mission Canyon zone.

Unit CH21-17NEH 2019-09-27
Denbury plans to drill a horizontal well with two stacked OH lateral extensions in the Charles-Madison formation, 11,582’ MD / 7,276’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented back to surface.

Unit 35-15R 2019-09-27
Denbury plans to drill an injection well in the tertiary CO2/Waterflood program. The TD of this vertical well is 4,490’ in the Muddy Sand Formation. Solids will be contained in metal pits and then hauled to a licensed disposal facility. Surface casing to be set at 710’ and will be cemented back to surface.

Rask 22-21 2019-09-27
Jake Oil, LLC plans to drill a vertical pilot hole to test formations down to the Red River/Winnipegosis/Nisku/Madison formations, 9,500’ TD. Surface casing to be set at 800’ and cemented back to surface. Otherwise well will be plugged back to kick off point and will drill horizontally in the Mission Canyon zone.

Jake Oil, LLC 2019-09-27
Well will be drilled horizontally in the Madison Formation 6,600’ TVD / 8,164’ MD. A pilot hole will be drilled past the Mission Canyon and DST’s will be conducted to determine best productivity. The well will then be plugged back and drilled horizontally. Surface casing to be set to 800’ and cemented to surface.

Firemoon 12-9-34N-21E 2019-09-27
Lonewolf Operating, LLC plans to drill a well for an Upper Bowes formation test 4,195 MD / TVD. Surface casing to be set at 430’.

East Rabbit Hills 10-8  2019-09-27
Lonewolf Operating, LLC plans to drill a well for an Upper Bowes formation test 4,208 MD / TVD. Surface casing to be set at 430’.

Simmes Ranch 21-8 #2 2019-08-29 
Single derrick drilling rig to drill to 2,780’ MD / 2,775’ TVD, Madison Formation.

Flying Monkey – 1H 2019-08-21
Alta Vista Oil Corporation plans to drill a Heath Formation test, 5,899’ TVD / 15,330’ MD. The location is in core Sage Grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval. The approval letter was received 7/17/2019.

Hook #32-1 SWD 2019-08-21
Hydra MT LLC plans to drill a well to use as a class II injection well in the Dakota Formation. Surface casing to be set at 1,900’. Proposed TD is 5,870’ MD / 5,870’ TVD.

Snow Monkey – 1H 2019-08-21
Alta Vista Oil Corporation plans to drill a Heath Formation test, 5,800’ TVD / 15,141’ MD. The location is in core Sage Grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval. The approval letter was received 08/05/2019.

Wukong 3D Seismic Project 2019-08-15
Dawson Geophysical is proposing to conduct 3D seismic exploration on 28 sections of state Trust Lands mineral estate in northern Rosebud County. The state portion of the seismic operation accounts for approximately 9% of the total area involved, with the remainder consisting primarily of private land and a small amount of BLM.

Little Beaver East MC11-08NH 2019-08-07
Denbury Onshore plans to drill a horizontal well into the Mission Canyon Formation 16,852’ MD / 6,853’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented to surface.

Galt 1-3-9-35 2019-08-07
Cardinal Oil, LLC plans to drill an Eagle Formation test, 1,516’ TVD / MD. The location is in core Sage Grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval. The approval letter was received 7/30/2019.

Golden Monkey – 1H 2019-08-07
Alta Vista Oil Corporation plans to drill a Heath Formation test, 5,630’ TVD / 15,072’ MD. The location is in core Sage Grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval. The approval letter was received 7/17/2019.

Bell Creek 3D Seismic 2019 2019-08-05
Denbury is proposing to conduct a 3D seismic operation in the Bell Creek Oil Field located in Powder River County. The State of Montana has 100 acres of Trust Land minerals included within the proposed seismic project. Denbury also conducted a seismic project that encompassed the same source points during the late summer of 2015.

#1 Vecta State 12-34 2019-07-30
True Oil has requested permission to drill an oil well on State Land. The vertical well will be drilled into the Madison formation at a total depth of 2,600 feet. The proposed wildcat well is located on classified grazing land. A 300’ X 250’ drilling pad and 3,600 feet of access road will be constructed. A single rig will drill the well. If sufficient quantities of oil are present, then commercial well sites will be developed. If tests indicate that commercial quantities of recoverable oil are not present, then the well will be plugged and reclaimed in conformance with standards approved by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation.

Other Minerals

Elbow Surface Rock Removal 2019-11-04
Removal of up to 300 cubic yards of surface rock (25 to 30 loads) created during highway construction; excavation is not anticipated

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry

Forest Practices
SMZ Alternative Practice for USFS Tenmile Sterling 2019-10-24
USFS has applied for an SMZ alternative practice to operate a tracked feller-buncher within several Class 3 SMZs.

FY20 Christmas Tree_Bough Harvest 2019-10-11
Categorical Exclusion to harvest Christmas trees and boughs in various sections of the Stillwater State Forest.

QRP Permit CATEX 2019-10-08
Salvage timber cut by powerline company and nearby broken trees.

Forest Improvement Projects
Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Timber Sales
Meadow Peak Timber Sale 2019-11-04
The Kalispell Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Meadow Peak Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 14 miles west of Marion, Montana

Glacier Excavating Willow Harvest 2019-10-29
Harvest approx. 5,000 willow and dogwood stems from Stillwater River banks for a stream restoration project on Tobacco River in Lincoln County.

Forest Management Activities
Burr Saddle Project 2019-11-04
The Missoula Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing forest management activities on 5,172 acres known as the Burr Saddle Projects. The project area is located west of St. Regis, MT

Washoe Projects 2019-10-24 
The Missoula Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Washoe Projects EA. These projects are located SE of Potomac, MT.

Person Patches EA 2019-10-11
The Clearwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing management activities on up to 3,000 acres in the East Chamberlain / Pearson Creek / Lobe Creek area located roughly five miles southeast of Ovando, MT.

Green Calico Timber Sale 2019-10-08
The Plains Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Green Calico Timber Sale. The project is located 19 air miles northwest of Plains, Montana.

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

WBI Pipeline Replacement Project 2019-11-06
WBI Energy Transmission Inc has requested a Land Use License (LUL) from the DNRC Eastern Land for the purpose of creating a temporary workspace for the replacement of a pipeline and the dewatering of test water near the end of the pipeline project on the above-mentioned tract of State Trust Land. This will ensure the functionality of the pipeline and that it will continue to generate economic activity within the local community.

Agreserves Stock Water Pipeline 2019-10-24 
Agreserves is proposing to build a stock water pipeline with bot the source and the places of use on their deeded ground. The only part of the project on state lands will be the pipeline.

Willow Cuttings 16 T7S R1W 2019-10-16
The proposed action is the issuance of a land use license for the collection of 2100 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.

Recreational Use

Action Rentals ATV Track 2019-10-16
Proposal to issue a term license to manage an ATV track on 9 acres of state trust land approximately 4 miles south of Olney.

Dog Creek Lodge & Nordic Center 2019-10-08
Proposal to add 5.6 miles of groomed Nordic trails to existing Land Use License approximately 3 miles north of Olney near Upper Stillwater Lake.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Ennis Big Sky Airport Expansion Easement 2019-10-29
Madison County has applied for a permanent easement to extend the runway at the Ennis Airport

Swanz Private Driveway Easement 2019-10-24 
John & Linda Swanz are applying for a 30’ easement in Wheatland County for the approval of an existing gravel ranch road to be converted to a private driveway easement.

Weeds

Nothing new in the last 30 days. 

Wind

Martinsdale Wind Farm Geotechnical Testing 2019-10-31
The Martinsdale Wind Farm wants to do some geotechnical testing for a proposed wind farm on several state sections in wheatland county.

Water

Water Right Environmental Assessments.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

HT Ranch Stock Water Reservoir 2019-09-09
HT Ranch, Inc, heretofore referred to as proponent, has requested of the DNRC Eastern Land Office permission to construct a reservoir on state owned tract T5S-R60E-Sec 16. This proposed reservoir would provide a more reliable water source for livestock in this area and encourage better grazing distribution, aiding in long-term productivity of the land.

Fred Burr Reservoir Dam Spillway Wall Stabilization Project 2019-09-05
Type and Purpose of Action: Approximately 70 feet of the lower left spillway wall is continuing to tilt. Deformation was first noticed in 1996 at ½” and was measured in May 2019 at almost 4 inches. The specific cause of deformation is unknown but freeze/thaw jacking seems the most plausible. Weep holes were drilled in 2017 to increase drainage behind the wall, but the wall has continued tilting by 0.7 inches. DNRC State Projects is concerned that further deflection may compromise safe spillway operation during the 2020 spring runoff and would like to stabilize the wall in Fall 2019 by excavating behind the wall, pouring a new concrete heel, installing a gravel filter drain, and backfilling to existing grade.

Water Rights

 

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