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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 30 days.

Coal and Coal Bed Natural Gas (CBNG)

Nothing new within the last 30 days.

Oil and Gas

Proposed Keesum State 2-23 Finheim Oil Well 2017-03-23
KeeSun Corporation has requested permission to drill a new oil well on state land. The well will be drilled into the Sunburst, Madison, and Dakota Formations a total depth of around 3,908.00’. The proposed oil wells are located on land that is classified as agricultural. A small drilling pad will be constructed and a rig will drill a new well bore into the target zone. If sufficient quantities of oil are present, then a commercial well site will be developed. Also, existing roads will be used as available and approximately 500.00’ of a new access trail will be constructed in existing grazing land. If the well is commercially viable, the roads will be improved and flow lines and tank battery will be installed. If tests indicate that commercial quantities of recoverable oil are not present, then the well will be plugged in conformance with standards approved by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation. After drilling operations have been completed, the disturbed areas will be reclaimed. The areas will be recontoured and the topsoil redistributed over the area. The site will then be returned to agricultural land. The well sites will be accessed by using new and existing trails from the Stoltz Road.

Siewing #2 2017-03-10
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.

ML&E Rabbit Hills 2017-02-15
Small single derrick drilling rig, about 500 HP (Estimated) to drill to 4,150’ TD, Upper Bowes Formation test.

Helios 2017-02-15
Small single derrick drilling rig, about 500 HP (Estimated) to drill to 5,300’ TD, SWD Dakota Formation test.

State #2 2017-02-01
KeeSun Corporation plans to re-enter a gas well on state land with an objective formation being Bow Island. The proposed total depth is 931’ TVD/MD. The bridge plug will be drilled out with air in the 4 ½” casing. The only ground disturbance will be around the 4 1’2” casing and the digging of a small working pit to catch the cement cuttings.

KeeSun #2-23 Finheim State 2017-02-01
KeeSun Corporation plans to drill an oil well on state land with objective formations being the Dakota, Sunburst, and Madison. The proposed total depth is 2,700’ TVD/MD in the Madison formation. The surface hole will be drilled to 250’ with a freshwater mud system, Rule 36.22.1001.

Other Minerals

Vaughn Gravel Pit 2017-03-31
United Materials of Great Falls has applied for a gravel permit on State Land in Section 16-T21N-R1E. This would be a long term gravel pit that would be used for construction projects throughout the year. The proponent would only be allowed to have 40 acres disturbed at any time.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.


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 Board Meeting Information

Hooligan Billy Mack Timber Sale 2017-04-27
The Helena Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Hooligan Billy Mack Timber Sale.

Corley Gulch Project 2017-04-10
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Hamilton Unit, is proposing forest management activities near Corley Gulch in Ravalli County. The project includes the commercial harvest of 315 acres as well as the pre-commercial thinning of 190 acres. The project area is located approximately 10.5 miles east of Victor, MT.

Blowout Creek Limited Access Timber Sale 2017-04-10
The Eastern Land Office of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Blowout Creek Limited Access Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 7 miles southwest of Hammond, MT.

Molly McGuire Timber Permit 2017-04-05
The DNRC Helena Unit is proposing a timber salvage in T11N R6E Section 36. See attached map. Under the proposed timber salvage the DNRC would salvage and sell approximately 250 MBF of Douglas-fir and harvest aproximately 50 MBF of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas-fir sawlogs. Firewood and pulp may be removed in addtion to sawlogs. The goals of the project is to capture the economic value, reduce Douglas-fir encroachment into sagebrush ramgeland, encourage aspen regeneration, and remove western spruce budworm and Douglas-fir beetle infested trees, and to preserve regeneration from becoming denuted due to the western spruce budworm. The proposed project if implemented would generate an estemated $7,237.50 for the common schools trust (CS), and additional $2,137.50 would be generated in Forest Improvement Fees. Additional activities would include the placement of a log crossing of a dry draw, crossing class III streams and construction of approximateley 1.3 miles of temporary road that would be reclaimed and grass seeded at the completion of the project.

Land

Nothing new in the last 30 days

Land Banking Sale

McCone County Land Banking 2017 Sale 245 2017-04-14
Offer for Sale at Public Auction, 240 acres of State Land currently held in trust for the benefit of Public Schools. Revenue from the sale would be deposited in a special account used 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 Public Schools. The 240 acre parcel is land locked, isolated and remote. These factors along with the small parcel size create comparatively higher administrative costs, as compared with larger tracts with access. Any increased revenue generating potential is limited due to these factors.
The proposed sale is part of a program called Land Banking authorized by the 2003 Legislature (77-2-361 through 367 MCA). The purpose of the program is for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to overall, diversify uses of land holdings of the various trusts, improve the sustained rate of return to the trusts, improve access to state trust land and consolidate ownership.

Dawson County Land Banking 2017 2017-04-14
Offer for Sale at Public Auction, 320 acres of State Land currently held in trust for the benefit of Public Schools. Revenue from the sale would be deposited in a special account used 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 Public Schools. The proposed sale is part of a program called Land Banking authorized by the 2003 Legislature (77-2-361 through 367 MCA). The purpose of the program is for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to overall, diversify uses of land holdings of the various trusts, improve the sustained rate of return to the trusts, improve access to state trust land and consolidate ownership.

Land Sales

Nothing new within the last 30 days.

Agriculture

CRP Break and Improvement Request - Lease 10643 2017-04-27
CRP contract #1855B containing 420.90 acres expires on 09/30/2017. The lessee, Brett Debruycker, has requested to break these CRP acres. The CRP acres were offered for early-outing due to their relatively high productivity. The tract was last farmed in 1997. The lessee plans to spray the CRP out during the spring/summer of 2017 and then direct seed it to winter wheat in the fall of 2017. The lessee has also requested to fence and rebuild a reservoir dam.

9623 Water Well 2017-04-19
The Blenton Ranch has requested to drill a well and install a water tank on state land. The well pump would be solar powered with the goal of providing more reliable water for his cattle. The affected area would be approximately 0.25 acre of grazing land that consists of crested wheatgrass.

Flanagan Spring Development 2017-04-19
Lear Flannigan, hereafter referred to as lessee, has requested to develop a spring on grazing lease 3193. The spring development will consist of a spring box, underground pipe and stockwater tank. The addition of the spring is intended to improve grazing distribution.

T.A. Ree, Inc. Stock Water System 2017-04-14
Scott Ree has requested permission of the Department of Natural resources and Conservation to construct a stock water pipeline and tank on state owned land.

D&B Stockwater Pipeline 2017-04-07
D & B Real Estate has submitted a Land Use License application to the Glasgow Unit Office to place a stockwater pipeline on State land. The purpose for this project is to increase available water for livestock and to control grazing management of D & B Real Estate LLP State, Federal and deeded lands.

54 Livestock Co Well Installation 2017-04-03
Mr. Goffney is proposing to drill a well on the SE4SE4 of Section 36, Township 10 North, Range 27 East. The proposed well will be used for stock water.

Box Elder Creek Fence 2017-03-31
Jim Brady has requested to build a fence approximately 1.31 miles long on state lease 8993. The purpose of the fence is to keep cattle off the creek for better grazing distribution and to protect the riparian area.

Jerry Wilson Stock Water System 2017-03-31
Jerry Wilson has requested from the DNRC permission to drill a well and construct a stock water delivery system on state owned tract T7S-R53E-Sec 36 in Powder River County.

Ellis Boyd Ranch Conifer Encroachment Treatment Project 2017-03-31
Remove low density encroaching conifers on 250 acres of state owned range land by cutting down conifers.

Lippert Water Improvement #4 2017-03-31
Proponent would like to install a small water line (adjacent to an existing water line) in order to provide better watering opportunity for their livestock.

Land Use Licenses

Stoos Residential Water Line 2017-04-19
John Stoos requests to install a residential water line across state trust land just outside Geraldine, MT.

White Sulphur Springs Sewer Project 2017-04-07
Sandry Construction proposes installing two temporary roads across state land to access White Sulphur Springs Sewer Lagoons.

Parrot Creek LLC Stock Water Pipeline Land Use License 2017-03-24
Parrot Creek LLC, grazing lessee of Lease #3457, is proposing the placement of a stock water pipeline in the northwest corner of Section 16. The new underground pipeline would transport water to a new stock water tank in the northwest corner of Section 16 and then would continue onto the Lessee’s private ground to the west.
The proposed pipeline’s route would enter Section 16 in the northwest corner and continue on the State land for a total of 280 feet in length with a width of disturbance of approximately two feet. The proposed Land Use License would encompass a total of 0.10 acres. For a more detailed description of the pipeline’s location, please see the attached map.

Recreational Use

Lubrecht Cross-country Ski Trail Grooming 2017-03-16
To provide authorization to groom approximately 1.5 miles of DNRC roads for public cross-country skiing.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Charter Russell St (Sewer Line) Easement 2017-04-27
Charter Communications, a subsidiary of Charter Spectrum, is proposing to install fiber and coax cables in existing abandoned sewer pipes underneath the Clark Fork River. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDOT) is planning to build a new Russell Street bridge over the Clark Fork River and will no longer allow utilities to suspend lines from the bridge as had been done in the past.

Ennis Rural Fiber to Home Project 2017-04-25
Buried Fiber Optic Cable Easement

Ennis Rural Fiber to Home Project Madison River Bore 2017-04-25
Bore fiber optic cable underneath the Madison River

Seiver Easement 2017-04-10
Amend and relocate an existing easement.

Oneok Gas Pipeline to Star Coulee South Multi-well 2017-04-05
The applicant proposes to install an 8 inch gas flow line across School trust lands to collect gas from the Star Coulee South Multiwell Pad, so that it does not need to be flared off at the well.

Northern Telephone Coop, Inc. Easement Application 2017-04-05
Northern Telephone Cooperative, Inc. has requested to install a buried fiber optic cable to serve toll and distribution facilities and services across one tract of state land. The proposed easement route is located along the Bobcat Angus Road. The fiber optic cable will be buried 42” deep and will be installed using a static plow.

Judith Gap FTTP Upgrade 2017-03-31
Triangle Communications has requested an easement strip 20 feet wide, 10 feet on each side of the centerline through above said tracts to install and maintain an underground telecommunication cable.

Montana-Dakota Utilities Electric Line 2017-03-24
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. has requested a right of way easement from the DNRC Eastern Land Office. This ROW easement is for the purpose of placing an underground 7.2 kV service line across the above mentioned tract of State Trust Land to the BNSF signal house at MP #1033.50.

Passmore Easement 2017-03-23
Proponent has filed an application for an easement across state land to use an existing road for ingress and egress to approximately private land and a cabin.

Project Telephone Fiber Optic Easement 2017-03-23
Project Telephone Company is applying for a 20’ wide easement on the W½W½ of Section 36, T4S, R24E in Carbon County in order to install an underground fiber optic cable parallel to and 25’ south of the centerline of the adjacent county road, East Pryor Road.

Southern Montana Telephone Wisdom Exchange 2017-03-22
Proposed action is issuance of a utility easement for new underground telecommunications cable.

Weeds

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Wind

Nothing new within the last 30 days

Water

Water Right Environmental Assessments.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Klamert Reservoir Spill Way Repair 2017-04-27
The emergency spill way on the east side of the dam for the reservoir on state trust land tract T19N R29E S16 has eroded significantly. Repairs are required as part of the lease and in order to make sure the dam does not fail.

Broadwater Scour Hole Repair Project 2017-03-20
An erosion/scour hole has been developing immediately downstream from the dam on the west side of river. This eroded area has progressively expanded, particularly during normal high water events during the spring runoff. If the erosion continues, the integrity of the access road could be compromised, potentially affecting DNRC and public recreational access. This could lead to increased safety risks to the public and DNRC employees. The proposed action calls for the area to be rip rapped to stabilize and protect the slope.

Water Rights

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Fish Wildlife and Parks