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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)

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Oil and Gas

Dagney 33-21 2H 2020-07-14
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,327’MD/10,587’TVD.

Dagney 33-21 3H 2020-07-14
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,293’MD/10,587’TVD.

Dagney 33-21 4H 2020-07-14
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,457’MD/10,587’TVD.

Simmons 21-23 2020-07-14
TSAVOIL, LLC plans to drill an 8,000’ MD/TVD well with the objective formation being the Duperow.

Kai 16-4 #4H 2020-07-14
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,351’MD/10,298’TVD.

Kai 16-4 #3H 2020-07-14
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,151’MD/10,298’TVD.

Kai 16-4 #2H 2020-07-14
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 26,235’MD/10,298’TVD.

Minerals

Two Rivers Small Volume Aggregate 2020-07-15
This 300 cu/yd small volume aggregate permit would allow the removal of stockpiled material. The project will enhance landscape health and productivity with added reclamation.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days. 

Forestry

Forest Practices

Jim Junction Alternative Practice 2020-07-24
Stillwater Unit has proposed to use wheeled and tracked equipment within the SMZ of Jim Creek to remove trees that pose a hazard to adjacent Lincoln Electric Coop high voltage overhead power lines.

Tiger Alternative Practice - 2020-07-21
An Alternative Practice to the SMZ law

Forest Improvement Projects

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Timber Sales

Box Canyon Timber Permit 2020-07-29
Harvest up to 300 MBF of timber.

Tiger King Timber Permit 2020-07-29
Harvest up to 425 MBF of timber.

Forest Management Activities

Bybee Carriage 2020-07-30
The Missoula Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Bybee Carriage and Trappin’ Shack 612 Timber Permits. The projects are located east of Potomac, MT.

Schwartz Creek Timber Permit 2020-07-28
The Dillon Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Schwartz Creek Timber Permit. The project is located approximately 32 air miles southwest of Dillon.

6 Mile Shaded Fuel Break 
Shaded fuel break along private property owners (2 chains in, no trees over 5" dbh will be cut. Slash will be piled into hand piles and burned this fall.) This is a subdivision with multiple owners.

Peter Out Timber Permit 2020-07-24
The Department of Natural Resources (DNRC), Bozeman Unit, is proposing to harvest 96.5 MBF of Douglas-fir saw timber.

Jim Junction Timber Sale Project 2020-07-24
The Stillwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Jim Junction Forest Management Project. The project is located 7.5 miles south of Trego, MT.

Swift Smith Blowdown Timber Project 2020-07-07
The Stillwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is proposing the Swift Smith Blowdown Timber Project. The project is located 7 miles northwest of Whitefish, Montana.

Land Banking Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Exchanges

MDC Boulder Land Exchange 2020-07-13
This is a draft environmental assessment. The proponents wish to exchange approximately 31.9 acres of state-owned DNRC Trust Land for approximately 154+/- acres of non-trust state land currently owned by the DOC (Department of Corrections). The 31.9 acres of State Trust Land managed by DNRC is encumbered by improvements on the property including streets, roads, utilities and buildings managed by the Department of Public Health and Human Services. The DOC land is irrigated, agricultural land.

Agriculture/LUL

Front Range Pipeline - Abandoned Pipeline Removals 2020-07-30
Front Range Pipeline, LLC (FRPL) proposes to remove a section (40 feet) of an abandoned crude oil pipeline (Pipeline) from the Teton River, referred herein as the “Project”. The Pipeline is no longer in service and its removal will ensure that it does not become exposed in the future.

The Project will be completed in two phases, over 30 days. Phase I is the removal of the Pipeline and Phase II is bank stabilization. Before the removal of the Pipeline, FRPL will swab the interior of the pipe and remove any residual crude oil. The Pipeline will be removed through excavation as there is a concrete casing around it; the process is known as “daylighting”. The total linear feet of the Pipeline being removed is 1,490 linear feet, 40 feet of which is under the Teton River (approximately 2,000 square feet of disturbance of the riverbed). After the Pipeline is removed the trench will be backfilled and contoured to the original grade. Upland areas will be reseeded, stabilized with a bio-degradable erosion control blanket, and revegetation success and weeds will be monitored.

Golden Valley County Sand Point Well and Stock Water Tank 2020-07-24
The proponent has proposed installing a shallow hand driven sand point well with a stock water tank on trust land. Both Place of use and source are on trust lands.

Gruel Temp Road Use - 2020-07-21
A land use license to haul approximately 200 tons of firewood across state land

Re-Development Elk Springs- West Water Pipeline 2020-07-16
The Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (RRLNWR) has submitted an Improvement Request Form for a proposed re-development of a stock water pipeline on state land located in the Alaska Basin area of the Centennial Valley. The proposal entails the re-development of the Elk Spring pipeline that currently runs West from the spring site. At present much of the existing pipeline is above ground and is a poorly functioning, high maintenance line. The lessee has applied to replace the existing above ground pipeline with a buried pipeline with the goal of improving reliability and reducing annual maintenance issues and costs. The current site consists of very shallow soils overlaying bedrock or bedrock outcrops where the line cannot be buried in the existing location. The proponent wishes to change the location of the line by following an existing 2-track used to maintain the spring head box South to private land where the line would cross approximately a half mile of Huntsman Ranch private land and re-enter state land in Section 4. Total length of new buried pipeline on trust land is approximately 6,300 feet. The new line would be gravity fed to 2 existing stock tanks located on trust land in section 4. The lower tank is located in the NESWNE and the upper tank where the new line terminates is located in the SWNWNW.

Toole County Domestic Waterline 2020-07-14
Cliff Benjamin has applied for a LUL to install a new buried domestic water pipeline across state land. The proposed buried water pipeline with cross approximately 1 mile of state land. The water source is from the City of Shelby and the water will be conveyed to private land.

Circle the Globe Production LUL Application 2020-07-09
Proponent has submitted an LUL application to film a segment of the TV show Expedition X to assist The Extreme History Project’s continued search for the unknown burial site of George Ives grave. Production will occur for one day during the week of July 22, 2020 through July 28, 2020. No ground disturbance will occur.

Yellowstone Pipeline Abandonment Project Staging Area 2020-07-01
Phillips 66 have requested a Land Use License to utilize State Lands as a staging area during the Yellowstone Pipeline Abandonment Project.

Recreational Use

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

USFS Big Elk Easement 2020-07-28
This is the final EA post 30 day public comment period. The proposed action of recommending to the Land Board an easement to allow the USFS to construct a parking lot / trail and use an existing road for administrative access has been selected.

Scout Energy Pipeline Project 2020 2020-07-28
Scout Energy Group has requested of the Department of Natural Resources and conservation a right of way easement and a Land Use License for the purpose of constructing and placing a three inch natural gas gathering pipeline to connect two wells on the state tract.

Tongue River Road Fiber Optic Project 2020-07-16
Range Telephone has requested a right of way easement, for placement of a fiber optic communication line, from the DNRC. This ROW easement is for the purpose of placing an underground communication line across the mentioned tracts of Trust Land This line would be slightly offset but within the previously granted easement corridor. This line will provide for a communications link between the outlying areas of Custer, Rosebud and Powder River Counties.

NWE NG Pipeline Easement EA 2020-07-15
North Western Energy has submitted an easement application (20’ wide X 308.13’ long - 0.144 acres) for the relocation of a 4” natural gas distribution line underneath the Bitterroot River. This proposed relocation is intended to remove the existing gas line which is attached to the Maclay Bridge and bury it in the bed of the Bitterroot River.

Water

Water Right Environmental Assessments.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Nilan Dam Guard Gate Repairs - Environmental Checklist 2020-07-21
The guard gate stem at the Nilan North dam is bent and inoperable, and therefore needs to be
replaced. Water is released from the dam via two control gates; a guard gate and an operating gate. The guard gate is upstream of the operating gate and is normally open to allow the operating gate to regulate flow from the reservoir. The guard gate is typically only closed to allow inspection of the outlet conduit and the operating gate. Should the operating gate malfunction, the guard gate could temporarily control flow. The stem moves the gate up and down into open and closed positions. The bent stem prevents the guard gate from opening and closing properly. The proposed project is to replace the bent guard gate stem and associated hardware (brackets, stem guides, etc.) that attach the stem to the tower wall and the gate. Stem guides on the Nilan East dam will also be replaced as preventative maintenance.

Painted Rocks Dam Toe Access Improvements Project - Final EA 2020-07-07
Final EA. The State of Montana has proposed to build a bridge and make road improvements to create reliable, all-weather vehicular access to the toe (downstream outlet area) of Painted Rocks Dam. Vehicles can currently only access the downstream toe of the dam during limited periods of time by fording the West Fork Bitterroot River approximately 1,500 feet downstream of the dam. This requires a high clearance vehicle, environmental permitting, and preparatory work with an excavator to slope the streambanks. The access road and bridge will be used to support both ongoing operation, maintenance and repair activities, as well as anticipated future major repair and reconstruction activities. The improved access will also allow aquatic resource impacts and streamflow interruptions to be minimized.

Painted Rocks Dam Toe Access Improvements Project- Notice of Decision 2020-07-07
Project's Notice of Decision. The State of Montana has proposed to build a bridge and make road improvements to create reliable, all-weather vehicular access to the toe (downstream outlet area) of Painted Rocks Dam. Vehicles can currently only access the downstream toe of the dam during limited periods of time by fording the West Fork Bitterroot River approximately 1,500 feet downstream of the dam. This requires a high clearance vehicle, environmental permitting, and preparatory work with an excavator to slope the streambanks. The access road and bridge will be used to support both ongoing operation, maintenance and repair activities, as well as anticipated future major repair and reconstruction activities. The improved access will also allow aquatic resource impacts and streamflow interruptions to be minimized.

 Water Rights

 

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