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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

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

Vitt 16-1 2018-03-22
Drilling rig to drill 9,803’MD / TVD Flat Lake, Mission Canyon, Tilston, and Lodgepole Formation test. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’.

Jill 26-25 #5H 2018-03-22
Triple derrick rig 20,102’MD/10,022’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,735’.

Jill 26-25 #4H 2018-03-22
Triple derrick rig 19,984’MD/10,022’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,735’.

Jill 26-25 #3H 2018-03-22
Triple derrick rig 19,930’MD/10,022’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,735’.
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Jill 26-25 #2H 2018-03-22
Triple derrick rig 20,025’MD/10,022’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,735’.

Jill 26-25 #1H 2018-03-21
Triple derrick rig 20,149’MD/10,022’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,735’.

Mayson Phoenix 17-20 #1H 2018-03-09
Triple derrick rig 20,757’MD/10,290’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,800’.

RKT Carda 7-6 #1H 2018-03-09
Triple derrick rig 20,713’MD/10,280’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,800’.

Katie Rose 5-8 #1H 2018-02-09
Kraken plans to drill a horizontal oil well with the objective formation being the Bakken, 21,044’ MD / 10,485’ TVD.

Danielle 4-9 #1H 2018-02-09
Kraken plans to drill a horizontal oil well with the objective formation being the Bakken, 20,999’ MD / 10,500’ TVD.

Oneok Conversion of LUL 1211 to Easement 2018-01-30
Oneok has applied to the DNRC Eastern Land Office to convert previously obtained Land Use License 1211 for a natural gas gathering lines to a right of way easement. Oneok has submitted a DS-406 along with supporting documentation for the easement application. These pipelines have already been permitted and placed and are currently in operation under LUL-1211.

Other Minerals

Noting new in the last 30 days.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.


Forestry

Forest Management/Forest Practices

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Management Activity

Cyclone Lake 2017 Fire Salvage 2018-03-21
This project would salvage approximately 150 tons of dead timber as a result of a forest fire. This salvage will capture some monetary value of the timber for the trust beneficiary. Harvesting will likely occur during the month of July 2018.

Timber Sales

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

Horn Mountain Limited Access Timber Sale 2018-04-16
The Bozeman Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Horn Mountain Limited Access Timber Sale. The project is located 21 air miles northwest of West Yellowstone, MT.

Neagle Creek Timber Salvage 2018-04-13
Description of Proposed Action:
The Dillon Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Neagle Creek Timber Salvage. The project is located approximately 3 air miles southwest of Polaris, Montana. (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, Public Buildings, MSU 2nd Grant, MSU Morrill, Eastern College-MSU/Western College-U of M T5S R13W S24 640 79.3, Montana Tech, University of Montana, School for the Deaf and Blind, Pine Hills School, Veterans Home, Public Land Trust, Acquired Land

Objectives of the project include:
• Capture diminishing value of dead timber.
• Improve stand health and vigor.
• Reduce fuel loading.
• Reduce conifer encroachment in sage grouse habitat.
• Generate revenue for the State Normal School Trust.
• Contribute to the annual targets of timber harvest volumes of DNRC and the Central Land Office. DNRC is required by state law (77-5-221 through 223, MCA) to sell approximately 57.6 Million board feet (MMbf) of timber annually and produce revenue over time.

Chief Looking Glass Limited Access Timber Permit 2018-03-23
The Hamilton Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Chief Looking Glass Limited Access Timber Permit. The project is located approximately 2.5 miles northeast of Florence, Montana.

Land Use/Land Use Licenses

Meadow Creek EQIP 2018-03-21
The proponent has requested to install a water storage tank and Stockwater pipeline across state lease #6978. The storage tank would be located in the SW corner and the pipeline will run the boundary fence on the south end. Storage tank will be roughly 10,000 gallons. Pipeline will be roughly 1/2 mile in length and trenched in at a depth of 6’.

Wing Road EQIP 2018-03-19
Wing Road Farms has requested to install about 4.5 miles of HDPE pipeline across state land. The pipeline will be used for Stockwater purposes. They requested to install it with a Cat ripper at a depth of 6 feet. All associated stock tanks will be placed on deeded land.

Land Banking Sale

Land Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Exchanges

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Agriculture

Livestock Water Conveyance 2018-04-05
Jeff Habets, lessee of state leases #10776 has requested to place a livestock water line and one stock water tank on and across state land located in Section 18, T30N, R3W. This will allow them to connect to a private water source located on deeded land. The water line will be 1.50” HDPE pipe static plowed to a depth of 6’ for approximately 3,760.00’ on state land. One stock water tanks will be placed on state land. A detailed map showing the location for this project lay out is included within this assessment. The primary objective is to provide reliable stock water to deeded and state pasture to allow for better livestock distribution.

Anderson RSA Project 2018-04-03
This project on State land is a part of a larger project looking to create more reliable water and more manageable pastures to allow a rest rotation grazing system. This project will allow for greater management abilities on State land.

SRI Buried Stock Water Pipeline and Stock Tank Request 2018-03-29
The Lessee, SRI River Holdings, LLC has submitted a proposal to place an improvement on their Montana State Trust Land grazing lease No. 1877 located in the NE¼ of Section 19, T3S R6W. The portion of the improvement located on Trust Land would include burying approximately 1,350 feet of 1.25-1.5” plastic pipeline running from a well located on adjacent private land to a stock tank to be placed in the SENE of Section 19. The project would provide a dependable water source to a dry area.

Gordon Cattle EQIP 2018-03-22
The proponent has requested to extend on an existing pipeline on state land and continue north to deeded land. The pipeline will be ripped in HDPE at a depth of 6’ and approximately ¼ mile in length.

Triple K EQIP 2018-03-22
The proponent has request to install an extensive stockwater system including pipelines, stock tanks and a storage tank. See map attached for details on infrastructure location details. Purpose of the project is to establish more reliable water in the grazing units. Current water availability is dependent on pits, pot holes and reservoirs scattered around.

Maxwell EQIP 2018-03-21
The proponent has requested implement several EQIP projects on his lease. The proponent would like to remove 1 mile of sheep fence on the east boundary and install a 3-wire barbwire fence in its place. Next, he would like to install a water pipeline (HDPE) ripped at a depth of 6’ and approximately 5,348’ in length. There will be two Stockwater tanks along the pipeline.

Crandell Conversion to Ag 2018-03-19
Jay Crandell, lessee of record on State Lease 158, made a request for permission to break and farm approximately 77.5 acres of expired CRP.

Crandell Conversion to Ag #2 2018-03-19
Jay Crandell, lessee of record on Leases 2851 and 5529, made a request for permission to break and farm approximately 303 acres of expired CRP.

Horob Conversion to Ag 2018-03-19
Jim Horob, a member of Horob Family Partnership LLLP, the lessee of record on State lease 4467, has made a request for permission to break and farm approximately 317 acres of expired CRP.

Hansen Conversion to Ag 2018-03-19
Karla Hansen, the lessee of record on State lease 5252, and husband Arlen Hansen, have made a request for permission to break and farm approximately 701.5 acres of expired CRP.

Halverson Conversion to Ag 2018-03-19
Brian Halverson, the lessee of record on State lease 10183, has made a request for permission to break and farm approximately 141.7 acres of expired CRP.

Halverson Conversion to Ag #2 2018-03-19
Brian Halverson, the lessee of record on State lease 3932, has made a request for permission to break and farm approximately 136.5 acres of expired CRP.

Hagfeldt Conversion to Ag #2 2018-03-19
Don Hagfeldt, the lessee of record on State lease 4146, has made a request for permission to break and farm approximately 191.8 acres of expired CRP.

Hagfeldt Conversion to Ag 2018-03-19
Don Hagfeldt, the lessee of record on State lease 2838, has made a request to break and farm approximately 146.7 acres of expired CRP.

Fladager Conversion of CRP to Ag 2018-03-19
Ryan Fladager, the lessee of record on State lease 4352, has made a request for permission to break and farm approximately 153.6 acres of expired CRP.

Nemont Fiber State Section 34 2018-03-19
The proponent proposes to install an underground fiber optic line within a right-of-way 20’ wide (10’ on either side of a centerline) across School Trust land in Daniels County.

Matthews CRP Fence 2018-03-19
The applicant proposes to install a new 4-strand barbed wire fence across approximately 1 mile of School Trust land which he leases, with the purpose of separating grazing acreage from Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage.

Ortner EQIP 2018-03-19
Jay Ortner has requested to install a cross fence across his state lease to facilitate a grazing rotation. This project is a part of a larger EQIP plan with the NRCS.

Recreational Use

Bear Shoot Archery Competition 2018-04-03
Type and Purpose of Action involves the 39th annual Bear Shoot Archery Target Competition. Use on DNRC would involve motorized ATV use on June 13-18 to set up and disassemble approximately 60 targets, manage the event and provide access for handicapped participants. In addition, there would be up to 300 nonmotorized event participants on June 16 and 17.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Mid-Rivers Telephone Fiber Optic Cable Easements-Yellowstone County 2018-04-13
Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative is applying for 16’ easements on two parcels of Trust land in Yellowstone County for the construction and maintenance of a fiber optic cable as described below:
• Section 16-T4N-R32E: The proposed 2.65-acre easement would run directly adjacent to and along the north side of 7 Mile Flat Road.
• Section 36-T5N-R32E: The proposed 1.99-acre easement would run directly adjacent to and along the south side of Custer Pineview Rd in the N2 of Section 36 and the south side of 7 Mile Flat Road in the S2S2 of Section 36.

Harlowton FTTP Upgrade 2018 2018-04-04
Placing new underground telecommunication cable through new right-of-way

Town of Stanford Water System Improvements 2018-04-03
The town of Stanford has requested an easement of approximately 8 acres for city water improvements.
They look to drill a new municipal well to supplement its water supply. The water quality in its existing wells is poor and the wells are slowly decreasing in capacity for various reasons. The water system improvements project will consist of the following components:

• New 2000 to 4000-foot-deep well (150 gpm) that will be drilled into the Madison Aquifer
• Connecting piping including a chlorine contact loop that will connect the well to the City's
existing storage tank and water distribution system.
• Either constructing a new control building to house the well controls, discharge piping, flow
meter and valves or modifying or adding to the existing control building located west of the
storage tank.

The deep Madison well can be drilled adjacent to the City's existing shallower aquifer wells without interference and it makes sense to drill it adjacent to the City's existing water infrastructure.

The schedule is to complete the design of the well this winter and drill the well in March or April of
2018. If the well yield is adequate and the water quality acceptable, the connecting piping, chlorine
contact loop and well control building or addition will be designed this summer and construction
would be completed in the fall of 2018.

Melville FTTP Upgrade 2018-03-29
Triangle Communications has requested an easement strip twenty feet wide, 10 feet on each side of the centerline through above said tracts to install and maintain an underground telecommunication cable

Nemont Fiber and Tower 2018-03-19
The proponent proposes to install an underground fiber optic line across School Trust land in Daniels County. In conjuction with this line, a cellular tower site will be installed on the School Trust land. The line and tower will allow for improved telecommunication capabilities in this rural area and the surrounding communities.

Nemont Fiber State Section 1 2018-03-19
The proponent proposes to install an underground fiber optic line within a right-of-way 20’ wide (10’ on either side of a centerline) across School Trust land in Daniels County.

Weeds

Nothing new within the last 30 days

Wind

Nothing new within the last 30 days

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

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Fish Wildlife and Parks