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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

Kittleson JR #5-2 SWD 2019-01-23
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 1,875’. Proposed TD is 5,860’ MD / 5,860’ TVD.

Burlington 31-1 2019-01-09
Ballard Exploration Company, Inc plans to drill a Heath formation test. 2,600’MD/TVD. Surface casing to be set at 350’ and cemented to surface.

Unit 35-08 2019-01-09
Denbury plans to drill an injection well in the tertiary CO2/Waterflood program. The TD of this vertical well is 4,800’ in the Muddy Sand Formation. Solids will be contained in metal pits and then hauled to a licensed disposal facility.

Unit MC 34-9NH 2019-01-09
Denbury plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Mission Canyon formation, 12,469’ MD / 7,528’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented back to surface.

Lange 3-6 2019-01-09
A.B Energy, LLC plans to drill a well for an Swift formation test 2,400’ MD / TVD. Surface casing to be set at 380’.

Alta Vista Golden Monkey – 1H Well 2019-01-03
Alta Vista Oil Corporation has requested to construct an oil well, pad site, tank battery and access road on the section of Trust Land mentioned above. This oil well will be drilled into the Heath formation. The total disturbed area is expected to be 4.7 acres. The size of the pad that is to be constructed will be approximately 450’x450’, or 4.65 acres. All pits will be constructed on cuts and will not be allowed on fills. Cuts and fills will range from 0.1 to 0.3 feet.

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.

Other Minerals

Frying Pan Gravel Permit 2019-02-12

The Beaverhead County Road Department (henceforth referred to as the proponent) has requested two proposals on State Trust land (T6S-R9W-Sec 35), one for conducting excavation of aggregate test holes and one for expanding the current gravel pit.

The test pits will be 3-foot pits using a backhoe or trackhoe to do the excavation at approximately 10 to 12 locations to photograph and determine soil salvage requirements for the opencut permitting process through the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Extend all or select pits to the extent reachable by machine to verify gravel resource.

The expansion of the current gravel pit proposal will supply the proponent with gravel for county projects. The expansion will make the gravel pit a total size of approximately 29.0 acres (see attached map). Reclamation work will include back sloping cut slopes to a 3 to 1 pitch, spreading top soil over the exposed areas and grass seeding disturbed areas. The proponent will also be responsible for spraying weeds for 3 years after completion of the permit. The revenue generated from this project goes to Deaf and Blind Schools trust.

Beaverhead County Road Department 2019-02-06
The Beaverhead County Road Department (henceforth referred to as the proponent) has requested two proposals on State Trust land (T6S-R9W-Sec 35), one for conducting excavation of aggregate test holes and one for expanding the current gravel pit.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry

Forest Management/Forest Practices

McKee-Gistaro Alternative Practice 2019-02-12
F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber is requesting an Alternative Practice to allow equipment operation and the storage of logs in an SMZ of a Class 1 stream. The proposed location is a pre-existing clearing that was created when the road system was developed for residential purposes, however, approx. 1/2 to 2/3 of this clearing lies within the SMZ of Schmidt Creek. Due to the surrounding topography and ownership constraints this proposed landing area is the only feasible location for this project. The landing will serve approx. 7 acres of commercial thinning and fire hazard reduction work within the northern Swan Vally WUI.

Forest Management Activity

Pearson Patches 2019-02-13
Project update to the Pearson Patches Timber Sales EA.

McKee/Gistaro Alternative Practice 2019-02-11
F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber is requesting an Alternative Practice to allow equipment operation and the storage of logs in an SMZ of a Class 1 stream. 

Deer Creek Thomas 612 Timber Permit 2019-01-24
Categorical Exclusion for 612 Permit.

Rattler Gulch EA 2019-01-22
The Anaconda Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Rattler Gulch Timber Sale.

Ferndale Timber Sale Environmental Assessment 2019-01-15
The Kalispell Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Ferndale Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 2 air miles SE of Bigfork, MT.

Timber Sales

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

Land Use/Land Use Licenses

Snow-Kiting on Big Hole Pass 2019-01-30
Ron Orton has applied for a Land Use License (LUL) to use state land in the Big Hole Pass area once a year as a snow-kiting location (see attachment). A group of 20-50 people gather once a year over the Presidents Day weekend to fly kites that pull people over the snow on skis or snowboards. Concentrated use would be on the parking lot on Forest Service land and the group would use snowmobiles or a snow coach to access state land from the parking area.

Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. River Bank Stabilization 2019-01-23
Montana_Dakota Utilities Company has requested a Land Use License from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the purpose of installing riprap for bank stabilization on approximately 1600 feet of river bank along the Yellowstone River.

2019-01-15_lul_Sullivan Land Use License for Temporary Road Use 2019-01-15
The proponent has applied for an LUL to use an existing road located on state land. The purpose of the road use is for general use (ingress and egress) for gravel mining purposes, which are located on adjacent private land.

Land Banking Sales

Lupfer Avenue Commercial Townhouse Land Banking Project 2019-02-01
The Kalispell Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing to land bank a property known as the Lupfer Avenue Commercial Townhouse. The townhouse is a commercial structure/townhouse property currently leased to a retail tenant and shares a common wall with one of three conjoined property owners. The property is located in the “Railway District” of Whitefish, Montana at 140 Lupfer Avenue.

Land Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Exchanges

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Agriculture

Midway Ranch Cistern 2019-01-25
This project would install a stock water cistern along an existing pipeline to store water for year round use.

Collins Stockwater Dev 2019-01-23
The lessee has requested permission to install a livestock water development (well, solar pump, fiberglass tank, and fence) on state land. The primary objective is to provide reliable livestock water in this state land pasture and to increase livestock distribution.

Recreational Use

Close the Loop Trail and Public Recreation Easements 2019-01-17
The City of Whitefish in conjunction with Whitefish Legacy Partners is proposing a recreation easement and trail expansion to the Whitefish trail which would connect existing portions of the trail in the vicinity of Whitefish Lake.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Culvert RoW S-Gildford 2019-02-05
Montana Department of Transportation is applying for a roght-of-way easement required for highway construction and maintenance including occupancy by public utilities through: S15, Twn 32N, Rng 11E. The right-of-way is needed for highway drainage purposes.

Weeds

Nothing new within the last 30 days

Wind

Rivers Telephone Coop - Teton River Crossings 2019-01-24
3 Rivers Telephone Co-Op Inc. has requested to install buried fiber optic cables to upgrade their facilities and services in the Choteau exchange serving area in and around Choteau, MT. The proposed easement routes are located below and across the Teton River bed. The fiber optic cable will cross 3 tracts of state land. The fiber optic cable will be installed below the Teton River bed using a directional boring machine. The easement will be 10.00’ wide through the state-owned tracts.

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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Links to Other Agency Environmental Documents

Department of Environmental Quality

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Fish Wildlife and Parks