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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

Unit 24-04 2017-06-16
Denbury plans to re-enter this well to re-plug and abandon. The TD of this vertical well is 4,682’ in the Muddy Sand Formation. Field saltwater is the type of fluid that will be used. Fluids and solids will be contained in workover rig tanks.

Sleeping Buffalo 1-1 2017-06-01
Wesco Operating, Inc. plans to drill a vertical gas well on private land with an objective formation being the Deadwood. The proposed total depth is 6,801’ TVD/MD. The surface hole will be drilled to 1,400’ with a freshwater mud system, Rule 36.22.1001. The location is in general sage grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval.

Sleeping Buffalo 6-1 2017-06-01
Wesco Operating, Inc. plans to drill a vertical gas well on private land with an objective formation being the Deadwood. The proposed total depth is 6,721’ TVD/MD. The surface hole will be drilled to 1,400’ with a freshwater mud system, Rule 36.22.1001. The location is in general sage grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval.

Sleeping Buffalo 34-1
Wesco Operating, Inc. plans to drill a vertical gas well on private land with an objective formation being the Deadwood. The proposed total depth is 6,686’ TVD/MD. The surface hole will be drilled to 1,400’ with a freshwater mud system, Rule 36.22.1001. The location is in general sage grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval.

Unit 27-01 2017-06-01
Denbury plans to re-enter this existing well and complete it as a CO2 injector. This well already has casing in it and a workover rig is going to be used instead of a drilling rig. The plugs will be drilled out with field saltwater. The objective formation is the Muddy. The TVD/MD is 4,510’.

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.

Other Minerals

Rock Creek Peterson Gravel Pit 2017-06-19
Beaverhead County Road Department (BCRD) has applied to DNRC for a gravel permit to expand an existing gravel pit. BCRD is currently operating a pit on privately owned land next to state land. They were not aware of the ownership boundaries and began removing topsoil from the state land. They would like to reclaim the existing gravel pit on private land and expand this pit onto state land.

Big Sheep Creek Gravel Pit 2017-06-16
A.M. Welles has applied to DNRC for a gravel permit for a pit that will be approximately 20.8 acres. This pit will be used for a 2017 road construction project and then reclaimed. Other parties have expressed interest in mining this site in the future, so the EA covers 70 acres of potential gravel resources.

Alaska Basin Gravel Pit Expansion 2017-06-12
Beaverhead County Road Department has applied to expand an existing gravel pit under DNRC gravel permit G-1453-11. The current gravel pit is approximately 8.37 acres and would expand to 16.8 acres for a 2017 road construction project in the area. After that construction project, any 2017 disturbance will be reclaimed and the pit will return to intermittent use.

Fewless Small Volume Permit S-2100-07 - 2017-05-25
Mr. Fewless is requesting that the DNRC Southern Land Office (SLO) issue a Small Volume Aggregate Permit to allow the removal of 300 cubic yards of gravel and aggregate from an existing disturbed area generally located in the SE¼NE¼ portion of the State Trust land in Section 16, Township 2 North, Range 33 East in Big Horn County. This aggregate will be used on the Fewless property which is located adjacent to the Trust land. The site was previously mined in the past and a previous small volume permit was issued to Mr. Fewless for the construction of a new building on his private land. The historic mining was not reclaimed and in discussions with Mr. Fewless on the areas to remove the material, the hope is that the current permit will help move reclamation along by flattening some side slopes in the existing mined area.

Kuntz Small Volume Permit S-2100-05 - 2017-05-25
Mr. Kuntz is requesting that the DNRC Southern Land Office (SLO) issue a Small Volume Aggregate Permit for 500 cubic yards of material to be removed from an existing disturbed area generally located in the SW¼SW¼NW¼ of State Trust land in Section 17, Township 4 North, Range 33 East in Yellowstone County. This aggregate will be used in the construction of a new building on private land located immediately to the north of the Trust land. The area proposed for the Permit was previously mined in the 1950s during the construction of Highway 10, which is now the North Frontage Road.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.


Forestry

Forest Management/Forest Practices

2017 Boorman Engine Academy Piling and Field Exercises 2017-05-30
The purpose of the project is to provide a live fire training exercise for firefighters. Activities involved in the training include piling slash, preparation of the site for live exercises, and a 1-day live fire training day followed by 1-2 days of mop-up.

Forest Management Activity

Helibase Security Fence 2017-06-02
DNRC Southwestern Land Office is proposing to replace a white vinyl fence at the Missoula helibase with six-foot chain link fencing (refer to project map attachment A-1 ). The fencing would enclose the entire helibase, which encompasses approximately eight acres. There would be two 16-foot double drive gates installed and a total of 2,370 feet of fencing. The six-foot chain link fence would be set up for three strands of barbed wire. The fencing would provide increased safety for DNRC employees and the public, and would provide additional needed security for state equipment and property.

Timber Sales

Timber Sales up for Bid Additional Timber Sale Information
Timber Sales Results Land Board Meeting Information

Hooligan Billy Mack Timber Sale 2017-06-07
The Helena Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is proposing the Hooligan Billy Mack Timber Sale. This project is located 11 miles northeast of Townsend, MT.

Antice Stryker Timber Sale Project 2017-06-07
The Stillwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing Johnson's Yurt Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 7 miles north east of Olney, Montana.

Sliver Me Timber 2017-06-07
The Missoula Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing The Sliver Me Timber, Timber Sale. The project is located 3 miles north of the Beavertail Exit along Interstate-90.

Sand Hollow Permit 2017-06-05
The Sand Hollow permit is a 100 MBF permit 11 miles southeast of Deer Lodge, MT. The permit is designed to provide revenue to the Common School Trust Fund, enhance aspen, remove conifer encroachment into range and grasslands and improve forest stand health.

Parrot Creek West Timber Sale 2017-06-01
The Southern Land Office of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Parrot Creek West Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 6 miles southeast of Roundup, MT.

Moose Wisdom Alternative Practice 2017-05-23
The proponent the DNRC Dillon Unit is requesting an SMZ Alternative Practice (AP) to rule 2: (36.11.304) Equipment Operation in the Streamside Management Zone (SMZ), on State owned Trust located in T3S R17W Section 36. The Proponent is requesting to have harvest equipment operate as close as 20’ from the ordinary high water mark (OHWM) as defined by the SMZ law. According to MCA 77-5-301 through 307, DNRC is authorized to administer and enforce the provisions of the SMZ Law. This Law was developed to protect the public interest of water quality and quantity within forested areas; provide for standards, oversights and penalties to ensure forest practices conserve the integrity of SMZ’s; provide guidelines for wildlife management within SMZ’s; and allow operators necessary flexibility to use practices appropriate to site-specific conditions in the SMZ. ARM 36.11.301 through 313 further specify the design of SMZ boundaries, allowable activities and prohibitions within the SMZ, penalties and other related provisions.

According to MCA 77-5-304 and ARM 36.11.310, DNRC may approve alternative practices that are different from practices required by the SMZ Law only if such practices would be otherwise lawful and continue to conserve or not significantly diminish the integrity and function of the SMZ. Treatment would be limited to the operation of timber harvest equipment inside the 50 foot SMZ, but no closer than 20 feet to the ordinary high water mark (OHWM). This treatment would be conducted on slopes less than 15% and on an identified existing skid trail. Additional stipulations of this request would include:

- Operation of timber harvesting equipment inside the 50 foot SMZ would be allowed, but no closer than 20 feet from the ordinary high water mark. Equipment operation would be in a straight in and out manner.
- Trees would be placed outside of the 50 foot buffer. Slash could be required to be placed inside the SMZ as mitigation to soil erosion on disturbed sites.
- Operation would only occur during periods when soil disturbance can be minimized under dry conditions or of frozen ground to four inches and/or snow covered to eight inches.
- If soil disturbance occurs in the SMZ the disturbed areas will be slash-filtered and grass seeded.
- Brush species would be retained and protected to the greatest extent possible.

Moose Wisdom Timber Permit 2017-05-23
The Dillon Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Moose Wisdom Timber Permit. The project is located in the Moose Creek drainage approximately 10 miles southwest of Wisdom, MT (refer to Attachments, vicinity map A-1 and project map A-2) and includes the following sections:
Beneficiary Legal; Description; Total; Acres Treated; Acres; Common Schools S36 T3S-R17W 640 130
Objectives of the project include:
• Salvage commercial lodgepole pine killed or impacted by mountain pine beetle and dwarf mistletoe infestations.
• Increase future timber productivity and resistance to insect and disease in pre-commercially thinned stands.
• Generate revenue for the Common School Trust while improving forest health and promoting appropriate cover types.
• Contribute to the DNRC and Central Land Office’s annual targets of timber-harvest volumes. DNRC is required by state law (77-5-221 through 223, MCA) to annually harvest approximately 57.6 MMbf statewide.

Land Use/Land Use Licenses

Ted Roberts Placer Mine Reclamation 2017-05-30
A Land Use License to allow reclamation of an expired placer mining operation on a State tract. Reclamation will include site leveling, spraying of noxious weeds, and reseeding native plant species.

Land Banking Sale

nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Sales

Nothing new within the last 30 days.

Agriculture

Turner Enterprises Incorporated Fence Request 2017 2017-06-16
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation received a request from Turner Enterprises,
Inc. (TEI) to construct approximately 3.2 miles of 4 strand high tensile electric fence (Fence “A”) and
approximately 1.1 miles of 2 strand high tensile electric fence (Fence “B”). The purpose of the new fence is to
improve bison distribution and utilization by reducing pasture sizes by approximately half from around 6,400
acres to approximately two 3,200 acre pastures in the TEI Upper Dry Hollow Pastures with Fence A, while
Fence B would reduce TEI’s Spring Creek pasture from 4,600 acres to two approximately 2,300 acre pastures.
The State Trust Lands that would be affected by this proposal include Sections 18 & 34, T9S R4W and Sections
14 & 15, T9S R5W, all are leased by TEI.

Roger Michel CRP Break 2017-06-13
CRP contract #1838, #1850, #1851, #1852, #1837, and #1849 containing a combined total of 317.84 acres all expire on 09/30/2017. The lessee, Roger Michel, has requested to break these expiring CRP acres. The CRP acres were not offered for re-enrollment due to their relatively high productivity. The tracts were last farmed in 1987. The estimated acres that will be broke and returned to small grain production is 309.70 acres. The lessee plans to spray out the CRP in the summer/fall of 2017 and then direct seed the proposed break area to winter wheat in the fall of 2017.

Wickens NRCS Plan 2017-06-12
Larry Tuss & Matt Wickens have requested to install a spur line and stock tank on his state lease to improve grazing distribution. A ¼ mile fence will be constructed at the east end of the tract. The cropland will also be planted back into grass for grazing. This project is in conjunction with the NRCS to facilitate a rotational grazing system.

Murnion Well Lease 10397 2017-06-02
Available water on the entire section has become too saline for livestock to drink. A well and stock tank are needed to provide adequate water to livestock on this section. DNRC will apply for water right if drilled.

Mike Davis Stockwater System 2017-05-30
Mike Davis has requested of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation permission to construct a well and stock tank on a state owned tract.

Vic Westphal NRCS Plan 2017-05-25
Vic Westphal has requested to install a spur line and stock tank off of an existing pipeline to improve grazing distribution. A mile long fence will be constructed at the north tract boundary. This project is in conjunction with the NRCS to facilitate a rotational grazing system.

Stockwater Development 2017-05-25
Tim Todd has requested to install a spur line and stock tank off of an existing pipeline to improve grazing distribution. This project is in conjunction with the NRCS to facilitate a rotational grazing system.

Jackson Fence Request 2017-05-23
Jackson Ranches has proposed to build approximately 0.48 miles of jack-leg and 4 strand barbed wire fence.

Recreational Use

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Cenex Replacement Pipeline 2017-06-16
Cenex Pipeline LLC has made a Right of Way Easement application to construct a 10 inch diameter refined fuels pipeline under the Missouri River and across State of Montana land. The refined fuels pipeline would replace an existing line that is currently used to move refined fuels from Sidney, Montana to Minot, North Dakota. The existing line would then be retired.

Montana DOT Easement and LUL Applicaton 2017-06-13
Montana Department of Transportation has requested two easements and LUL #3073343 in order to reconstruct portions of Highway 2 in the Galata E and W designation. The proposed project will include the realignment of the highway, widening of the roadway and shoulders, replacement of bridges, culverts, new pavement, and markings along the route. The fundamental purpose of the project is to bring the highway into current federal design standards and improve safety and drivability for the traveling public. The proposed project will cross three tracts of state land. The easement and LUL acreages are listed in the table below.

Easement Applications - 3- Rivers Telephone Coop 2017-05-30
3 Rivers Telephone Co-Op Inc. has requested to install a buried fiber optic cable in order to upgrade their facilities and services in the Choteau exchange serving area in and around Choteau, MT. The proposed easement route is located just off of the edge of the existing county road and across the Teton River bed. The fiber optic cable will cross 2 tracts of state land. The fiber optic cable will be buried 36” to 42” deep and will be installed using a vibratory plow. The easement will be 20.00’ wide through the state owned tracts.

Lolo National Forest TRUP 2017-05-30
The DNRC Plains Unit is considering a request from the Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District for a Temporary Road Use Permit (TRUP) to haul approximately 11 MMBF of sawlogs on existing roads, namely the ACM RD and the Company Road, portions of which cross State Lands, from USFS properties involved in the Copper King Fire Salvage project.

Weeds

Nothing new within the last 30 days

Wind

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Water

Water Right Environmental Assessments.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

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Water Rights

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