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Environmental Documents


This web page contains all DNRC environmental documents posted in the last 30 days. 

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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 in the last 30 days.

Oil and Gas

Laas 22-14/2  2021-09-20
Permit to test Souris River formation to a TD of 5,608’.

Lybeck 5-35-35-20  2021-09-20
Behm Energy, Inc plans to drill a vertical oil well with an objective formation being the Sawtooth, 4,490’ TVD/MD.

State 19-53-25D-4-1  2021-09-20
Petro-Hunt, LLC plans to drill a vertical oil well in the Red River Formation 11,355’ MD / TVD. Surface casing to be set at 1,758’.

EPU Deep 10-2  2021-09-20
CWT Operating, LLC plans to drill a 7,500’ TVD / MD well with the objective formation being the
Nisku.

EPU Deep 10-1  2021-09-20
CWT Operating, LLC plans to drill a 10,000’ TVD / MD well with the objective formation being the Nisku (for oil) or Deadwood (for gas).

Denbury EOR Pipelines  2021-08-20 
This document analyzes the potential impacts to the environment that would occur with the replacement and construction of CO2 pipelines in the ELOB unit operated by Denbury Onshore LLC

Nissley Farms 18-54-14A-4-1  2021-08-17
Petro-Hunt, LLC plans to drill a vertical oil well in the Red River Formation 11,202’ MD / TVD. Surface casing to be set at 1,579’.

Hostetler 20-54-21A-4-1  2021-08-17
Petro-Hunt, LLC plans to drill a vertical oil well in the Red River Formation 11,425’ MD / TVD. Surface casing to be set at 1,788’.

Flynn 1-27-35-20  2021-08-17
Behm Energy, Inc plans to drill a vertical oil well with an objective formation being the Sawtooth, 4,465’ TVD/MD.

#1 Simmes Ranch 21-13  2021-08-17
Falcon Energy Partners, LLC plans to drill a well for a Middle Bakken formation test 3,350’ MD / TVD.

State 23-55-36B-1  2021-07-29
Petro-Hunt, LLC plans to drill a vertical oil well in the Red River Formation 12,004’ MD / TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,100’.

Rim Operating, Inc.  2021-07-29
Rim Operating, Inc. plans to re-enter this existing 11,680’ vertical well to test the Red River C Formation. Plan to drill a short radius curve at the top of Red River C.

Minerals

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Conservation Districts

LCCD Erosion Mitigation  2021-09-08
The Lewis & Clark Conservation District (LCCD) has submitted a proposal to place erosion mitigation practices on Montana State Trust Land in Section 36, T12N R3W. The North Hills Fire of 2019 burned approximately 580 acres of Section 36, including two drainages in the east half of the section. Moisture events in 2020 have resulted in sediment erosion in drainages.

Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD)

Pondera County Conservation District Resource Development Grant Final No MEPA Decision 2021-08-17

DNRC can issue a final 'No MEPA Needed' Decision notice for the Pondera County Conservation District Resource Development Grant. The funds from the DNRC Conservation District Bureau will be used for administrative purposes and therefore fall under 'Actions of a Special Nature' (ARM 36.2.523).

Sheridan County Conservation District Resource Development Grant Final No MEPA Decision 2021-08-17

DNRC can issue a final 'No MEPA Needed' Decision notice for the Sheridan County Conservation District Resource Development Grant. The funds from the DNRC Conservation District Bureau will be used for administrative purposes and therefore fall under 'Actions of a Special Nature' (ARM 36.2.523).

Custer County Conservation District Resource Development Grant Final No MEPA Decision 2021-08-17

DNRC can issue a final 'No MEPA Needed' Decision notice for the Custer County Conservation District Resource Development Grant. The funds from the DNRC Conservation District Bureau will be used for administrative purposes and therefore fall under 'Actions of a Special Nature' (ARM 36.2.523).

Petroleum County Conservation District Resource Development Grant Final No MEPA Decision 2021-08-20

DNRC can issue a final 'No MEPA Needed' Decision notice for the Petroleum County Conservation District Resource Development Grant. The funds from the DNRC Conservation District Bureau will be used for administrative purposes and therefore fall under 'Actions of a Special Nature' (ARM 36.2.523).

Valley County Conservation District Resource Development Grant Final No MEPA Decision 2021-08-20

DNRC can issue a final 'No MEPA Needed' Decision notice for the Valley County Conservation District Resource Development Grant. The funds from the DNRC Conservation District Bureau will be used for administrative purposes and therefore fall under 'Actions of a Special Nature' (ARM 36.2.523).

Hebgen Lake Estates County Water and Sewer District Well #3 Project Final Adoption Decision 2021-08-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Environmental Assessment for the Hebgen Lake Estates County Water and Sewer District Well #3 water system improvements project. The project proposes to use DNRC Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) loan funding for the construction of a new water supply wells and concrete utility vault, replacement of the pump and controls for the existing well, and installation of a new transmission main to connect the new well to the existing water system.

 City of Red Lodge Water and Sewer Rehabilitation Project Final Adoption Notice 2021-08-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Categorical Exclusion of the Water and Sewer Rehabilitation Project for the City of Red Lodge. The project proposes to use DNRC Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) loan funding to replace four- and six-inch diameter cast iron water mains with 4,000 feet of eight-inch PVC.

City of White Sulphur Springs Water Main Replacement Final Adoption Notice 2021-08-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Categorical Exclusion of the Phase 3 Water Main Replacement project for the City of White Sulphur Springs. The project proposes to use DNRC Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) loan funding to replace approximately 1,100 feet of water main along 4th Avenue and Lincoln Street.

Town of Whitehall - Whitehall Water Treatment Plant Final Adoption Notice 2021-08-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the USDA Rural Development Environmental Report (ER) and US Army Corps of Engineers' Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Environmental Assessment. The project proposes to use DNRC Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) loan funding to address problems with the existing tank and within the distribution system.

Lewis and Clark County Conservation District Beaver Creek Restoration Project - Phase 2 Final Adoption Notice 2021-08-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Environmental Assessment. The project proposes to use DNRC Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) program grant funds to restore the highly impaired Beaver Creek. The restoration will restore hydrologic processes, reconstruct the stream channel and floodplain to more natural conditions, improve water quality, and increase habitat complexity for spawning and rearing habitat for Rainbow and Brown Trout, and other native fish.

Town of Wibaux Wastewater Treatment System Upgrade Final Adoption Notice 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Environmental Assessment for the Town of Wibaux Wastewater Treatment System Upgrade. The Town proposes to use DNRC CARDD interim financing to upgrade its wastewater treatment facility. The proposed project consists of re-purposing the existing evaporation lagoons into storage lagoons, constructing a center pivot system for the land application of treated effluent, and adding disinfection, flow monitoring, and effluent sampling systems.

City of Choteau Wastewater Collection System Improvements - Phase 1 Final Adoption Notice 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Notice of Categorical Exclusion City of Choteau Wastewater Collection System Improvements project. The City proposes to use DNRC CARDD interim financing to replace 5,400 lineal feet of collection system pipelines and manholes within the area of the City that has recently experienced flooding and sewer back-ups with new 8-inch PVC. 

City of Bozeman Sourdough Water Transmission Main Final Adoption Notice 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the Bozeman Sourdough Water Transmission Main - Phase 2 project. The City proposes to use DNRC CARDD interim financing to install a 30-inch ductile-iron (DI) transmission main from the north end of the 48-inch DI Bozeman Sourdough Water Transmission Main Phase 1 project tie-in to the flow control station near the Sourdough Tank.

City of Missoula Water Meters Final Adoption Notice 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the City of Missoula Water Meters Replacement project. The City proposes to use DNRC CARDD interim financing to replace Master Meters with Neptune Meters in their current system. 

City of Missoula Water Storage Tank Replacement Final Adoption Notice 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the Upper and Lower Lincoln Hills Water Storage Tank Replacement Project. The City proposes to use DNRC CARDD interim financing to replace the old tanks with cast-in place concrete tanks with volumes of 220,000 gallons and 180,000 gallons, respectively.

Power-Teton County Water System Improvements - Phase 1 Project Final Adoption Notice 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the USDA Rural Development Environmental Review for the Power Teton Water System Improvements - Phase 1 project. The Water and Sewer District proposes to use DNRC CARDD interim financing to address the following problems associated with the water source and water treatment, including: installing new shallow groundwater wells on the Fairfield Bench, connecting the new wells to the existing water distribution system, negotiating a new water right for the District, abandoning the existing water treatment plant in place, and chlorinating the well water.

City of Cut Bank Water System Improvements Final Adoption Notice 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the Cut Bank Water System Improvements Phase 4 project. The City proposes to use DNRC CARDD interim financing to replace approximately 5,200 lineal feet of undersized and aging cast iron water main in the commercial area along Central Avenue and in some residential areas. This is a fourth phase of an approach to replace portions of the distribution system.

Coram Water and Sewer District Water System Improvement Project Final Adoption Notice 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the USDA Rural Development Environmental Report for the Coram Water and Sewer District Water System Improvements Project. Coram proposes to use DNRC CARDD interim financing to install a new 200,000-gallon water storage tank.

Gore Hill County Water System Improvements Project Final Adoption Notice 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Finding of No Significant Impact Environmental Assessment for the Gore Hill County District Water System Improvements Project. Gore Hill proposes to use DNRC CARDD interim financing for the following: drilling replacement wells for both of the existing water supply wells, relocating the gas chlorination systems to fiberglass structures adjacent to the treatment buildings, and installing an automatic transfer switch on the existing 65 kilowatt backup generator.

Bigfork County Water and Sewer District Water Storage and Distribution Improvements Project Final Adoption Notice 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Finding of No Significant Impact Environmental Assessment for the Bigfork County Water Storage and Distribution Improvements project. Bigfork County Water and Sewer proposes to use DNRC CARDD interim financing to construct a new 750,000-gallon tank on a parcel currently owned by the District, including a new access road. The District will also construct approximately 5,000 feet of 16-inch transmission line, including directional drilling across Highway 35, miscellaneous hydrants, and air release valves. 

Krause Creek Restoration Final EA Decision 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is issuing a final finding of no significant impact environmental assessment for the Flathead Conservation District Krause Creek Restoration project. The project proposes to use DNRC CARDD Watershed Management Grant funds to implement activities that will preserve natural resources through stabilizing the stream channel and restoring its hydrologic functionality.

Trumbull Creek Restoration and Aquifer Protection Final EA Decision 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is issuing a final finding of no significant impact environmental assessment for the Flathead Conservation Trumbull Creek Restoration and Aquifer Protection project. The project proposes to use DNRC CARDD Watershed Management Grant funds to re-establish the Trumbull Creek stream channel and increase the grade of Trumbull Creek.

Montana Producers, LLC Final EA Decision 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is issuing a final finding of no significant impact environmental assessment for the Montana Producers, LLC irrigation pivot installation. The Montana Producers, LLC are proposing to use DNRC CARDD Private Loan funding to install an irrigation pivot for hay production and livestock grazing near Miles City, Montana. The proposed project would convert flood irrigation to pivot irrigation.

Town of Dodson Final Emergency MEPA Decision 2021-09-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources is issuing a final Emergency MEPA decision for the Town of Dodson Storage Tank Overflow pipe repairs. In late April 2021, the area experienced heavy rainfall events. It is believed that rodent holes in the area were saturated with heavy rainfall which caused the earth to settle, breaking the pipe at the 45-degree bend. The broken pipe went unnoticed until the beginning of May, and additional tank overflows and rainfall increased erosion around the broken pipe outlet, exposing the electrical wiring for the tank pump, control floats, and started to erode around the pipe. The Town hired a contractor and materials were ordered to make the repairs, which were completed on June 16th, 2021. The actions fall under the 'Emergencies' of the Montana ARM 36.2.539.

Forestry Division

Montana Forest Action Plan

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry Assistance

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Practices

Shoup Beetle 21 Alternative Practice Environmental Analysis  2021-08-27
Alternative Practice requested to remove bark beetle infested trees on portions of Dunham Ditch, Shoup Creek and an unnamed pond located on Private and DNRC land north of Ovando.

Carr Alternative Practice  2021-08-05
Proponent is seeking to operate equipment within the SMZ and use a crossing of a Class 2 Stream

Trust Lands - Forest Management 

Nothing new in last 30 days.

Forest Management Activities and Timber Sales

Willow Cuttings 2021  2021-08-30
Issuance of a land use license for the collection of 2000 live willow whip cuttings, ~5-6 feet in length and ¼ - 1 inch in diameter, on ~200 ac of Common School Trust Lands for stream and wetland restoration projects.

Placid Plague Forest Management Projects 2021-08-25
The Clearwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Placid Plague Projects. The project is located south of Placid Lake, approximately 5 miles southwest of Seeley Lake, Montana.

West Coal Timber Sale 2021-08-23
The Stillwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has analyzed the proposed West Coal Timber Sale project. The project is located approximately 22 air miles north of Columbia Falls, Montana.

Deep Creek Canyon Salvage Permit  2021-08-18
The Helena Unit of the Montana DNRC is proposing to Salvage Timber that was burned in the Deep Creek Canyon Fire or that has been impacted by western spruce budworm and Douglas-fir beetle. The Deep Creek Canyon Fire started on June 13th, 2021 and burned approximately 4648 Acres, about 300 of which were on State Trust Land. The DNRC is proposing to salvage harvest up to 108.25 acres of that land, in addition if trees are impacted by the western spruce budworm or Douglas-fir beetle will also be removed. Estimated volume to be salvaged is 230 MBF. Road maintenance, herbicide treatments, grass seeding, pile burning, and tree planting could occur. Non merchantable material will be used to create sediment traps on slopes to reduce post fire erosion. The Helena Unit is working with neighboring landowners to get salvage the wood in order minimize road construction, realize the values of the timber before it deteriorates and gain access. Implementation is expected to take 3 years to complete.

Cabin Ln Spruce Salvage  2021-08-17
Remove dead and dying Engelmann spruce from a 25-acre area in the Cabin Lane vicinity of Seeley Lake.

Forest Improvement Projects

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Banking Sales

Anderson Land Sale  2021-07-26
Dick Anderson, owner of Rancho Deluxe Pheasant Farm LLC, made application under the DNRC land banking program for sale of 4 small parcels of lands held in trust for the Pines Hills School.

Land Exchanges

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Commercial Real Estate

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Agriculture/LUL

Tande Culvert  2021-09-22
Install a crossing consisting of a culvert, small amount of backfill dirt and gravel over a grass waterway splitting two farm fields on Lease 9936.

Diamond C Cattle Existing Stockwater Pipeline  2021-09-21
Diamond C Cattle Inc has requested from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation a Land Use License for a previously constructed stock water pipeline.

Waldenberg River Bank Stabilization  2021-09-08
The proponent has submitted a Joint Application for Work in Montana's Streams, Wetlands, Floodplains, and Other Water Bodies and has applied for a Land Use License to install riprap on the Missouri River bank.

Agreserves Stock Water Pipeline Expansion  2021-08-05
Agreserves Inc. has requested permission from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to install a stock water pipeline and tank on the referenced tract of state land.

Brewer Stock water pipeline link  2021-07-30
Jason Brewer has requested a land use license from the DNRC for the purpose of placing and maintaining a stock water pipeline across state owned T14N-R37E-Sec 16 and T13N-R38E-Sec 16. The pipeline will link together 3 other existing stock water pipeline systems to try to increase flow and volume of water where needed. This pipeline would be installed using the rip trench/static plow method and be approximately .5 miles in length. This pipeline should create more reliable water sources for livestock and wildlife in the area, while creating better grazing distribution within the scope of the project. No stock tanks will be placed upon trust land only buried pipeline.

Recreational Use

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

ELO Administrative Site Easement  2021-09-02
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Trust Land Management and Forestry Divisions, in coordination with the Eastern Land Office, (hereafter referred to as Proponents) are requesting an easement on these tracts of Trust land for the purpose of an administrative site. The DNRC has received funding from the 2021 Legislature to construct a new office building for the Eastern Land Office. The tracts requested in this easement application were acquired from the USDI-BLM in the 2018 In-Lieu selection process. The In-Lieu selections were lands that the State selected in lieu of original grant lands not being available to the state due to prior Federal reservation of those lands at statehood. These tracts are adjacent to developed industrial areas of Miles City, making them a logical placement for development.

Bridge Attachment  2021-08-30
Project Telephone, is requesting a ±0.731-acre easement in the Yellowstone River for the location of a telecommunications line in Section 24, Township 2 North, Range 27 East. The proposed project involves the installation of a fiber optic cable in the public right-of-way. To complete this project, a portion of the fiber optic cable is proposed to cross the Yellowstone River by attaching it to the existing Montana Department of Transportation Highway 312 bridge across the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone County.

Range Telephone Carter County Fiber Optic Project 2021  2021-08-30
Range Telephone Cooperative has requested a right of way easement from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the purpose of placing an underground fiber optic cable across the referenced tract of state owned land.

8" Natural Gas Line Bore 2021-08-25
The Proponent, Northwest Energy, is requesting a ±0.796-acre easement in the Yellowstone River for the location of an 8” natural gas pipeline in Section 15, Township 2 South, Range 24 East. The proposed project is needed in order to connect existing pipelines that are on the southern portion of the Yellowstone River to a natural gas power generating station proposed on the north side of the river. The project is part of a larger project where Northwest Energy is currently developing a gas-powered generating station near a refinery in Laurel, MT in order to meet user demand in the pacific northwest. The location for the proposed generating station and the 8” natural gas pipeline under the river offers access to adequate, uncongested electric transmission and gas supplies.

The proposed project will use horizontal directional drilling (HDD) to bore under the Yellowstone River and place an 8” pipeline for the purpose of moving natural gas to the generating station. The pipeline will be approximately 50’ below the rock bed of the Yellowstone River.

Telecommunication Bore - Yellowstone River  2021-08-25 
The Proponent, Project Telephone, is requesting a ±0.137-acre easement in the Yellowstone River for the location of a telecommunications line in Section 28, Township 2 South, Range 22 East. The proposed project involves the installation of buried fiber optic cable in the public right-of-way following Highway 78 across the Yellowstone River in Stillwater County. Per MCA §69-4-101, utilities can lie within the legally cited MDT right-of-way. However, MDT has not secured a right-of-way for this bridge placement across the Yellowstone River, so Project Telephone is obtaining their own easement to reflect their utility placement.

The proposed project will directionally bore under the Yellowstone River and place a 2” conduit for telecommunications lines to run through. The conduit will be 10’ below the rock bed of the Yellowstone River.

Vigilante Easement Birch Creek  2021-07-29
Vigilante Electric Cooperative has applied to the MT DNRC, Dillon Unit to place an overhead powerline on the above referenced Montana Trust Land in the Dillon Unit. The new residential power line would provide improved electrical services including 3 phase service to the surrounding rural area. The upgrade comprises approximately 3.5 miles of new overhead electric transmission line.
The new line would parallel Birch Creek Road. The line would be operated at a voltage of 7,200 volts. The line would be approximately 20 – 25 feet above ground surface, poles at 30 feet total height. As proposed, poles will be topped with raptor friendly modifications.
Ground disturbance would be minimal, except for the placing of power poles at points along the installation route. The width of the requested easement over the 3 state tracts would be 30 feet wide, 15 feet each side of centerline and would encompass approximately 10.4 acres of state land. See attached maps.
Vigilante Electric Cooperative wishes to start construction in the Summer/Fall of 2021 and complete the project by December of 2021.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Decision Notice - Project Lands Recreation Development, Painted Rocks Reservoir  2021-09-20
The State Water Projects Bureau (SWPB) of Montana Department of Natural Resources (DNRC) Water Resources Division administers public lands adjacent to Painted Rocks Reservoir in Ravalli County, MT. A non-developed area under SWPB ownership has been identified to remedy property management issues including conflict of use and uncontrolled infrastructure development. This parcel is situated on the east side of Painted Rocks Reservoir, more specifically located in the SE of Section 3, Township 2 South, Range 22 West. A vehicle approach from MT Highway 473 provides access to the site, as well as 4 cabin leased sites managed by the SWPB.

In compliance with DNRC’s Environmental Document Reporting Policy, an Environmental Assessment (EA) was completed on the proposed action by DNRC and released for a 30-day public comment period commencing on May 18, 2021. An EA notification was mailed to interested groups and adjacent cabin site lessees in addition to State agency distribution. The EA was also made available on DNRC’s website. The official comment period closed on June 18, 2021.

After reviewing public comments received and meeting with neighboring Lessees, DNRC has decided to re-evaluate the proposed action alternative and to issue the No Action Alternative at this time. DNRC recognizes that similar issues identified in the Environmental Analysis may persist in the future and eventually will have to be addressed. DNCR is committed to addressing these issues and will continue to work with cabin site Lessees, public agencies, and the general public to find acceptable solutions for all stakeholders.

 

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