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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.

How to find DNRC Environmental Documents (pdf)

Coal, Oil, Gas, and Other Minerals

Merkel Road Improvement 2018-02-06
Jason Merkel has applied for an aggregate permit on state lands. There is a small embankment with a headwall created when the road was built. The embankment contains gravel and he would like to use the gravel to improve the road that begins on state lands and continues to his private property.

Coal and Coal Bed Natural Gas (CBNG)

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Oil and Gas

Kendrick Heirs 13-32 2018-07-17
Briscoe Petroleum, LLC plans to drill a 6,000’ MD/TVD oil well with objective formations being the Tensleep and Amsden. Surface casing to be set at 300’.

Burlington 35-1 2018-07-17
Ballard Exploration Company, Inc plans to drill a Heath formation test. 3,000’MD/TVD.

Coral Creek Unit MC44-09SH 2018-07-17
Denbury Onshore plans to drill a horizontal well into the Mission Canyon Formation 12,729’ MD / 7,193’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented to surface.
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Coral Creek Unit MC44-09NH 2018-07-17
Denbury Onshore plans to drill a horizontal well into the Mission Canyon Formation 12,869’ MD / 7,206’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented to surface.

Tortuga #26-1 SWD 2018-05-22
Hydra MT LLC plans to drill a class II injection well in the Dakota Formation with a TD / TVD of 5,500’. Surface casing will set to 1,735’. This well is planned to be a salt water disposal well.

Other Minerals

Madison County McKee Gravel Pit Expansion 2018-05-08
Madison County is proposing to expand the existing McKee gravel pit near Jeffers Montana from 15.3 acres to 30 acres. The project is located along the Jack Creek Bench road on an existing roadside cut.

Small Volume Permit S-2100-10 2018-05-07
The proponent is requesting a Small Volume Permit to remove sandstone from the NE4NE4NW4 of Section 16, T9S R22E. The sandstone will be sold by Capstone Quarry for decorative rock to the local public. The proposed project will impact less than 1 acre and remove approximately 10 tons of stone.

Wyrick Gravel Pit Expansion 2018-04-25
Wyrick Construction is requesting that the DNRC Trust Lands Management Division renew existing gravel permit G-1498-15 to include an expanded pit area of 8.9 acres. The total gravel pit area amounts to 17.1 acres.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.


Forestry

Forest Management/Forest Practices

Dunham Ditch 2 Alternative Practice 2018-07-03
This document analyzes the potential impacts of granting an Alternative Practice. The proposed Alternative Practice would allow the operator to utilize equipment within the SMZ and to remove sub-merchantable trees from within 50 feet of an irrigation ditch.

Forest Management Activity

Sheep Creek Timber Permit 2018-07-02
The DNRC Helena Unit is proposing to Sheep Creek Timber Permit to harvest approximately 80 MBF of Ponderosa and 20 MBF Douglas-fir. The Goals of the Sheep Creek Timber Permit is to meet obligations to the DNRC's Annual Cut as defined by the Sustained Yield Calculation for the Helena Unit and generate revenue for the Common School Trust. Access to this tract is controlled by the adjacent private landowner and this permit is planned to be done in conjunction with harvest on adjacent private land. In addition to timber harvest, slash burning, and landing site construction, and herbicide spraying would occur under this permit.

Idaho Creek/Jack Creek Conifer Encroachment Treatment 2018-06-19
The Dillon Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has received habitat improvement requests from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MTFWP) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for the Idaho Creek and Jack Creek areas. The project objective is the removal of low density conifers that are encroaching into sage brush habitat across several identified areas in Southwest Montana.

Timber Sales

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

Von Trapp 612 2018-07-10
Issue a timber permit for personal use to harvest up to 12 cedar
trees for house logs, totaling approximately 5 MBF.

Stillwater Salvage and Alkali Fuels Reduction 2018-07-09
DNRC will issue a timber permit for blowdown salvage. The purpose of this action is to remove insect and disease infected timber as well as capitalizing on the economic value remaining in these trees.

Bear Springs Timber Sale 2018-07-05
The Kalispell Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Bear Springs Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 8 miles west of Marion, MT.

Smoke Brulee Timber Sale 2018-07-05
The Libby Unit of the DNRC is proposing the Smoke Brulee Timber Sale. The project is located 21 miles southeast of Libby, MT.

Camas Back EA Amendment 2018-06-19
This amendment analyzed the effects of using an alternate route for the Wallace Cramer timber sale. This amendment will be teared to the Camas Back EA.

Land Use/Land Use Licenses

Powerline-pole and Equipment Storage 2018-07-10
To store power poles and other equipment near a substation owned by NorthWestern Energy and WAPA for an upcoming project to replace power poles between Havre and Chester, MT.

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

Lease 8463 Break 2018-07-17
The lessee, Allen Denzer, has requested to break these tame pasture acres. The tracts were last farmed in 1987. The estimated acres that will be broke and returned to small grain production is 49.98 acres. The lessee plans to spray out the tame pasture in the spring/summer of 2018 and then direct seed the proposed break area to winter wheat in the fall of 2018.

Ryegate Rural FTTP 2 2018-07-09
Mid-Rivers has requested an easement strip 16 feet wide, 8 feet on each side of the centerline through above said tract to install and maintain an underground telecommunication cable.

Recreational Use

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Wapa Pole Relocation 2018-07-02
The proponent has applied for a Land Use License to preform emergency construction work on the WAPA powerline. The Marias river bank has eroded and exposed pole 24-2. The proposed action consists of: 1) Relocating pole 24-2 150 feet to the east which is outside of the existing easement. 2) Moving pole 24-3 50’ to the north within the existing easement, 3) Establish a 200-foot area around poles 24-2 and 24-3 for a temporary construction area, and 4) Temporary road use for construction purposes outside of the existing easement. Following pole relocations and construction, the application will apply for an easement amendment to include the new foot print of the powerline.

Mid-Rivers Telephone Fiber Optic Easement River Crossings 2018-07-02
Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative is applying for 16’ wide easements on two crossings of the Bighorn River and one under the Yellowstone River located in Big Horn, Treasure and Yellowstone Counties for the installation of underground fiber optic cable as described below:
• Section 5-T3N-R34E: The proposed ±0.27-acre easement is located under ±724.64 feet of the Bighorn River, immediately north (downstream) of the private Rosehip Lane bridge. The new 2-inch fiber optic bore would be located ±15 feet below the Bighorn River bed. (No bridge easement)
• Sections 35& 36-T5N-R33E: The ±0.36-acre easement is located under ±989.31 feet of the Yellowstone River, immediately west (upstream) of the Montana Highway 310 bridge. The new 2-inch fiber optic bore would be located ±20 feet below the Yellowstone River bed. (No bridge easement)
• Section 33-T5N-R34E: The ±0.43-acre easement is located under ±1,116.37 feet of the Bighorn River, immediately west (upstream) of the Montana Highway 311 bridge. The new 2-inch fiber optic bore would be located ±12 feet below the Bighorn River bed. (No bridge easement)
The easements that have been applied for are a part of a larger project where Mid-Rivers is replacing the existing copper lines with fiber optic cables in the Custer Telephone Exchange. All three of the proposed easements are borings under the beds of the Bighorn and Yellowstone Rivers. The borings will be 2-inches in diameter to accommodate the fiber optic cable.

Northern Telephone Buried Fiber Optic Cable 2018-06-26
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.

Mid-Rivers Rural FTTP 2018-06-21
Mid-Rivers has requested an easement strip 16 feet wide, 8 feet on each side of the centerline through above said tract to install and maintain an underground telecommunication cable.

Weeds

Nothing new within the last 30 days

Wind

Access road for South Peak Wind Farm 2018-06-18
A 30 foot wide access road to accommodate large trucks and equipment for construction and maintenance for the proposed South Peak Wind Farm in Judith Basin County north of Geyser.

Water

Water Right Environmental Assessments.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

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