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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)

Decker Coal Monitoring Well 2018-11-09
Decker Coal Company is proposing to install a groundwater monitoring well at the East Decker Mine. The well is proposed to be drilled to the Dietz2 coal seam.

Oil and Gas

Baird Federal 2-34H 2018-11-20
The Applicant proposes to add a place of storage to supplemental Statement of Claim Nos. 41U 28040-00 and 41U 28041-00. The proposed 1.6 AF capacity reservoir will be located on site on an unnamed tributary of Big Skunk Creek in the NWSWNW of Sec. 26, T17N, R6W, Lewis and Clark County. The historical point of diversion location will not change, however the historical headgate and ditch system will be removed and replaced with a 12” circular inlet headgate, and pipeline system. The historical 6,184 ft. ditch will be replaced with a 7,782 ft. pipeline system from the historical point of diversion, located in the NWNENW of Section 27, T17N, R6W, Lewis and Clark County, to the proposed place of storage. The new place of storage will then utilize a pump system to irrigate 170 acres. Approximately 150 acres will be served by a center pivot system and 20 acres will continue to be flood irrigated by a grated pipe. The place of use will not change.

LWO NW Cherry Patch 12-32-35N-21E 2018-10-29
Lonewolf Operating, LLC plans to drill a well for an Upper Bowes formation test 4,420 MD / TVD. Surface casing to be set at 473’.

LWO NW Cherry Patch 4-6-34N-21E 2018-10-29
Lonewolf Operating, LLC plans to drill a well for an Upper Bowes formation test 4,355 MD / TVD. Surface casing to be set at 473’.

LWO NW Cherry Patch 7-5-34N-21E 2018-10-29
Lonewolf Operating, LLC plans to drill a well for an Upper Bowes formation test 4,435 MD / TVD. Surface casing to be set at 473’.

Eagle 4-9 #2H 2018-10-29
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 21,002’ MD, 10,385’ TVD. Two other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Elroy 32-31 #1H and the Eagle 4-9 #2H.

Fletch 5-8 #1H 2018-10-29
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 21,280’ MD, 10,381’ TVD. Two other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Elroy 32-31 #1H and the Eagle 4-9 #2H.

Elroy 32-31 #1H 2018-10-29
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 21,280’ MD, 10,381’ TVD. Two other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Elroy 32-31 #1H and the Eagle 4-9 #2H.

Ellingson 9Z 2018-10-29
Somont will drill an oil well to 2,000’ TVD/MD in the Madison formation. The well will be completed with an open hole.

Siewing #2 2018-10-29
Wesco Operating, Inc. plans to drill a re-entry of the Siewing #2. It was originally drilled and plugged in 2002. The re-entry will be drilled with 3% potassium chloride water. Surface casing is set at 227’. The TD of this re-entry is 3,200’ in the Firemoon Formation.

Sleeping Buffalo 2-1 2018-10-29
Wesco Operating, Inc. plans to re-enter and deepen the Sleeping Buffalo 2-1 vertical gas well on private land with an objective formation being the Deadwood. The proposed total depth is 6,839’ TVD/MD. The surface casing is set to 1,400. The location is in general sage grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval. Sage grouse program analysis has been received.

Iverson Bros 14-33-3H 2018-10-29
Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation plans to drill a single lateral Bakken Formation horizontal well test to 21,662’MD/10,408’TVD.

Iverson Bros 14-33-2H 2018-10-29
Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation plans to drill a single lateral Bakken Formation horizontal well test to 20,143’MD/10,403’TVD.

Schmitz 2-26H 2018-10-29
Sinclair Oil and Gas Company plans to drill a single lateral Bakken Formation horizontal hole, 18,987’MD/9,132’TVD.

Ralston 2-22H 2018-10-29
Sinclair Oil and Gas Company plans to drill a single lateral Bakken Formation horizontal hole, 18,849’MD/8,864’TVD.

Thor Kevin 04-04-33N-01W 2018-10-29
Thor Resources plans to re-enter this well for a Souris River formation test TD/TVD 4,508’.

Arrowhead 3D 2018-10-15
Petro-Hunt, LLC has requested to conduct a seismic survey on the State Trust land mentioned above. This project would utilize seismic detecting vibraphone equipment for the purpose of oil and gas exploration. This proposed survey is generalized and encompasses the Woodrow, Sand Creek, and Glendive oil fields north of Glendive.

Eagle 4-9 #5H 2018-10-15
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,969’ MD, 10,543’ TVD. Three other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Eagle 4-9 #4H, Eagle 4-9 #3H, Eagle 4-9 #6H.

Eagle 4-9 #3H 2018-10-15
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 21,172’ MD, 10,543’ TVD. Three other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Eagle 4-9 #5H, Eagle 4-9 #4H, Eagle 4-9 #6H.

Eagle 4-9 #6H 2018-10-15
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 21,059’ MD, 10,543’ TVD. Three other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Eagle 4-9 #5H, Eagle 4-9 #4H, Eagle 4-9 #3H.

Eagle 4-9 #4H 2018-10-15
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 21,033’ MD, 10,543’ TVD. Three other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Eagle 4-9 #5H, Eagle 4-9 #3H, Eagle 4-9 #6H.

Fletch 5-8 #5H 2018-10-15
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,839’ MD, 10,343’ TVD. Three other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Fletch 5-8 #2H, Fletch 5-8 #3H, Fletch 5-8 #4H.

Fletch 5-8 #4H 2018-10-15
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,727’ MD, 10,343’ TVD. Three other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Fletch 5-8 #2H, Fletch 5-8 #3H, Fletch 5-8 #5H.

Fletch 5-8 #3H 2018-10-15
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,767’ MD, 10,343’ TVD. Three other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Fletch 5-8 #4H, Fletch 5-8 #2H, Fletch 5-8 #5H.
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Fletch 5-8 #2H 2018-10-15
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,924’ MD, 10,343’ TVD. Three other oil wells will be drilled on this pad, the Fletch 5-8 #4H, Fletch 5-8 #3H, Fletch 5-8 #5H.

Grebe 8-1 2018-10-15
Falcon Energy Partners, LLC plans to drill a well for a Piper/Amsden/Tyler/Heath formation test 5,518’ MD / TVD.

High Butte Ranch 1 2018-10-15
Falcon Energy Partners, LLC plans to drill a well for a Piper/Amsden/Tyler/Heath formation test 4,480’ MD / TVD.

Turner 34-1H 2018-10-15
Glacier Energy LC plans to drill a well for a Nisku formation test 7,886’ MD 3168’ TVD.

Unit CH31-17SH 2018-10-15
Denbury plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Charles-Madison formation, 12,274’ MD / 7,238’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented back to surface.
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Unit CH34-6SH 2018-10-15
Denbury plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Charles-Madison formation, 15,270’ MD / 7,184’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented back to surface.

Coral Creek Unit MC11-04SH 2018-09-25
Denbury Onshore plans to drill a horizontal well into the Mission Canyon Formation 12,520’ MD / 7,266’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented to surface.

Coral Creek Unit MC11-04NH 2018-09-25
Denbury Onshore plans to drill a horizontal well into the Mission Canyon Formation 13,420’ MD / 7,255’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented to surface.

Thorpe 1 2018-09-25
Sands Oil Company plans to re-enter this plugged well and perf and evaluate prospective zones from the Nisku to Madison. 3,475’ TD. If no zones are found productive, the well will be perforated in the Madison and evaluated for a possible water disposal well.
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Unit MC 44-20NH 2018-09-25
Denbury plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Mission Canyon formation, 12,107’ MD / 7,291’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented back to surface.

Unit MC 33-29NH 2018-09-25
Denbury plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Mission Canyon formation, 13,323’ MD / 7,162’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented back to surface.

Blue Ridge 20-2 2018-09-25
Goldrock Minerals, LLC plans to drill a vertical well for a Greybull formation test TD/TVD 1,000’.

Other Minerals

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Conservation

Cottonwood Creek Diversion Repair 2018-12-03
This project would restore streambanks at an abandoned irrigation point of diversion on Cottonwood Creek to prevent further channel avulsion and entrainment of Bull trout and Westslope Cutthroat trout into the ditch system downstream from the point of diversion.

Forestry

Forest Management/Forest Practices

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Management Activity

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Timber Sales

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

Land Use/Land Use Licenses

Select Energy Services Lay Flat Water Line 2018-12-13
Select Energy Services has requested of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation permission for a temporary placement of lay flat hose within the county road right of way on two state owned tracts in Richland County.

Oneok Elk Creek Access Road 2018-12-05
Oneok Elk Creek Pipeline LLC (Henceforth referred to as proponent) has requested a temporary road use land use license from the DNRC Eastern Land Office. This license would be for access to various tracts of land within the route of the proposed Elk Creek Pipeline. The proposed Land Use License is for the utilization of existing roads and trails located on the list of tracts shown. No new road construction would be required based on the issuance of this license. The proposed license would be for use of existing roads and trails across 12 parcels of State Trust Land. The total length of requested road use is 1711.84 rods (5.35 miles). Common Schools K-12 Education is the trust beneficiary for all parcels involved.

Shawn Hilty Haul Road License 2018-11-05
This license would allow Shawn Hilty to reconstruct a road on an existing grade. The license covers the stretch of road that will cross the lease neighboring his own and will be valid for ten years.

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

Neuman Spring Development 2018-12-10
The DNRC Grazing Lessee, Stevie Neuman, has submitted a proposal to place an improvement on her Montana State Trust Land grazing lease number 5705 located in Section 9, T21N R1E. The portion of the improvement located on Trust Land would include developing a spring with a collection box, burying approximately 100 feet of plastic pipeline south to a proposed new tank; all of which would be located on State Trust Land. The project would provide a dependable water source to a dry area and would keep cattle out of the flowing spring water and other undeveloped springs and wet areas in the section.

Fladager Fence 2018-12-10
The applicant proposes to install 3/4 mile of new 3-strand barbed-wire fence along the eastern and part of the northern boundary of State Lease No. 446.

Improvement Request Lease 4270 2018-12-05
Witt Ranch Co., lessee of state lease #4270, has requested to place a livestock water line and water tank on state land located in the NE4NW4, Section 36, T28N, R3E. This project will consist of connecting to an existing water line on deeded land and installing approximately 375.00’ of 1.25” HDPE pipe trenched to a depth of 6.00’. Than the lessee will place a stock water tank on the state land. This project will provide a reliable source of water for livestock on the lease. Also, the lessee has proposed to repair the dam on the existing reservoir located in the NE4SE4, Section 36, T28N, R3E. It appears that a badger has dug a hole in the dam and the water has eroded through the tunnel. Minor dirt work will occur with this project. A detailed map showing the location for these projects are included within this assessment.

Spring Development 2018-11-07
Leonard Blixrud, lessee of state lease #7336, has requested authorization to develop a spring on state land for livestock water. The proposed spring development will consist of installing a water collection culvert, burying approximately 300.00’ of water pipeline, installing a stock water tank, and fencing the water source (spring). This project will provide a reliable water source for livestock which will increase distribution of livestock on the state-owned tract

Recreational Use

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Norval French Road Powerline 2018-12-10
The applicant proposes to install an underground power line within a right-of-way 20’ wide (10’ on either side of a centerline) across School Trust land in Daniels County.

Norval Hinsdale North Powerline 2018-12-10
The applicant proposes to install an underground power line within a right-of-way 20’ wide (10’ on either side of a centerline) across School Trust land in Valley County.

Glasgow Water Pipeline 2018-12-10
The proponent proposes to install an underground water transmission pipeline, 22” in diameter, to replace a damaged water main line for the transmission of potable water from the source (Missouri River) to the town of Glasgow.

Kingsbury Colony_DNRC- Reciprocal Easement for Administrative Access 2018-12-05
The DNRC and Kingsbury Colony are proposing a reciprocal easement agreement for administrative access. Through the reciprocal easement agreement, Kingsbury Colony/Northside Farms Inc. will receive administrative access to approximately 1,950 acres of deeded land and DNRC will receive administrative access to approximately 688 acres of state land. The proposed agreement utilizes an existing road system that cross approximately 10,615.00’ (7.31) acres of state land and 13,160.00’ (9.06 acres) of deeded land. The proposed reciprocal administrative access easement will be 30.00’ wide on the existing road.

Reserve St-Target Range Transmission Line Relocation 2018-12-03
Northwestern Energy has submitted an easement application (60’ wide X 216’ long - 0.30 acres) for the installation and use of a 161 KV electric transmission line over the Clark Fork River. This proposed installation (relocation & redesign) is intended to eliminate future power outages associated with the river damaging the current (existing) power line, thereby providing an increased level of reliability as well as a reduced need for repairs associated with spring flooding. This line is extremely important to the operation of the electric grid within the area, providing redundancy needed to operate the transmission system in western Montana. Following construction of the proposed new river crossing, the existing power line (located approximately 700 feet downstream) would be abandoned and the cleared power line corridor on each side of the river would be reclaimed and disturbed areas revegetated.

MDU Rosebud Transmission Phase 2 2018-11-27
Montana Dakota Utilities Co. (Henceforth referred to as Proponent) has contacted the DNRC Eastern Land Office with a request for a right of way easement for a proposed 60kV transmission line across the above-mentioned tract of trust land. The purpose of this line is to create redundancy between two substations in the event of a power outage or maintenance. The proponent has submitted a DS-406 Application for Right of Way for Utilities form to the DNRC Eastern Land Office. The proposed powerline right of way is expected to be 50 feet in width and 5163 feet in length, encompassing approximately 5.93 acres. The pole count in the proposed right of way easement on this tract is expected to be 18 pole structures.

East Beaver Road Easement 2018-11-15
Grant an easement to the East Beaver Road Users Association on existing roads and allow construction of new roads to access private property, generating additional revenue to the associated trusts.

East Lakeshore Driveway Easement 2018-11-15
Enlarge an existing easement for a private driveway on East Lakeshore Drive for landowner Mike Gustafson. Would provide safer ingress/egress and generate revenue for the trust beneficiaries.

Mark Waldbillig Log Hauling Land Use License 2018-11-09
Mark Waldbillig a logger from Florence Montana has applied to the MT DNRC, Dillon Unit for a Land Use License (LUL) to use an existing road in sections 14 & 15 T4S R15W in Beaverhead County to haul approximately 400 MBF of logs from private land to reach State Highway 278. The logging activity will occur on private lands to the north of the state land in the Big Hole Valley. Use of the road will be limited to dry or frozen conditions to reduce any road damage.

Staffanson Access Road 2018-11-09
The proponents have filed a right of way easement application with the DNRC for a 30-foot existing road. The proponent is seeking to improve the road to an all-weather standard and utilize it for access to deeded ground located in section 15 to the west.

Shawn Hilty Haul Road Improvement 2018-11-05
This license would allow Shawn Hilty to reconstruct a road on an existing grade. The license covers the stretch of road that will cross the lease neighboring his own and will be valid for ten years.

Weeds

Nothing new within the last 30 days

Wind

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Water

Water Right Environmental Assessments.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Allendale Canal Intake & Fish Screen 2018-11-01
Decision Notice for the Allendale Canal Intake & Fish Screen Environmental Assessment.

Water Rights

 

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