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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

Sundance Kid 4H 2020-01-31
Prima Exploration, Inc. plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,450’ MD, 10,267’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,200’.

RTK Carda 7-6 #4H NE NW 2020-01-13 
Triple derrick rig 20,726’MD/10,254’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,025’.

RTK Carda 7-6 #3H NE NW 2020-01-13
Triple derrick rig 20,712’MD/10,254’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,025’.

RTK Carda 7-6 #2H NE NW 2020-01-13
Triple derrick rig 20,912’MD/10,254’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,025’.

Butch Cassidy 1H 2020-01-13
Prima Exploration, Inc. plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,779’ MD, 10,231’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,200’.

Minerals

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry

Forest Practices

SMZ Alternative Practice for HRA 27B47536 2020-04-03
Applicant has proposed operating wheeled and tracked logging equipment within SMZ.

Forest Improvement Projects

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Timber Sales

Lower Whitefish Blowdown 2020-03-27
Salvage approx. 20 loads of blown down timber along the Lower Whitefish Road system.

Forest Management Activities

South of Blanchard Projects 2020-03-17
For the South of Blanchard TS and assorted FI projects within the area.

Land Banking Sales

WBI Brackett Butte Road Use LUL 2020-04-07
WBI Energy Transmission Inc. (Henceforth referred to as proponent) has requested a land use license from the DNRC Eastern Land Office for the purpose of using an existing access road on the above-mentioned tract of Trust Land. This license would be for access to an existing communications site adjoining the tract. These roads may need some amount of improvement, maintenance or gravel surfacing. Total requested road use is approximately 1 mile.

Hairpin LLC Land Banking 2020-03-10
Offer for Sale at Public Auction 640 acres of state land currently held in trust for the benefit of Common Schools (Sections 16, T7S R14W). If approved by the Land Board, the sale would be at public auction, subject to the requirements found in Title 77, Chapter 2, and Part 3 of the Montana Codes Annotated. The income from the sale would be pooled with other land sale receipts from across the State to fund the purchase of other state land, easements, or improvements for the beneficiaries of the respective trusts

Land Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Exchanges

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Agriculture/LUL

Malesich Ranch LUL Stock Water Development 2020 2020-03-27
This environmental assessment is an addition to a previously completed and approved improvement request for stock water developments by the Lessee, Malesich Ranch. Two out of three of the projects have been completed but the third, Upper Crittendon Creek Spring Development, required changes to the construction plan that has resulted in the proponent submitting a land use license (LUL) application. The change is the result of having to place the stock tank on private land instead of on the state due to the proximity of the state/private boundary and creek. Taking water from State Trust Lands to other ownership requires a land use license and $200.00 per year fee. 

Malesich Ranch had previously submitted a request to construct stock water developments on Montana Trust Land located in 7 sections in 2017. Some of these developments were reconstructions of existing developments and some would be new construction. The sites are located approximately 10 to 14 miles East – Northeast of Dillon.

Goldenwest Electric Road Use 2020-03-19
Goldenwest Electric Cooperative has requested a Land Use License from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the purpose using a road across State Trust Lands.

LF Ranch Pipeline and Fence 2020-03-17
DNRC grazing lessee, LF Ranch, has submitted an improvement request for a pipeline, 2 tanks and 3 cross fences on State Lands.

Broadus Public School Parking Area and Bus Stop 2020-03-17
Powder River County School District (Henceforth referred to as proponent) has requested a land use license from the DNRC Eastern Land Office. The purpose of this license is to allow a small parking and school bus pickup area located on an existing improved road.

Art Thompson Corral Creek Stock Water Development Request 2020 2020-03-13
This stock water development project is being proposed by the lessee, Art Thompson, to improve water availability and quality on the above referenced Trust Land. The proposal includes a spring development, approximately 1,400 feet of pipeline, and a single stock water tank. The spring site is located in timber and will be powered by either a solar pump or portable generator. The stock tank will be located approximately ¼ mile South of the spring outside of timber in sagebrush/grass. The stock water tank will be fitted with wildlife escape ramps to minimize potential effects to small mammals and birds. The project is located in close proximity to the Idaho border in the Western Centennial Mountain Range of Beaverhead County.

Comers Butte Berky Improvement Request Fence 2020-03-11
The DNRC Grazing Lessee, Amos Berky, has submitted a proposal to place an improvement on Montana State Trust Land, grazing lease number 4997 located in T19N R8E Section 16. The portion of the improvement located on Trust Land would include building 0.8 miles of new fence on the northern side of Willow Creek Road and repairing 1.1 miles of existing fence on the south side of Willow Creek Road. New fence along both sides of Willow Creek Road will allow the lessee to improve grazing management and increase public safety by keeping cattle off the county road.

Art Thompson Corral Creek Stock Water Development Request 2020 2020-03-10
This stock water development project is being proposed by the lessee, Art Thompson, to improve water availability and quality on the above referenced Trust Land. The proposal includes a spring development, approximately 1,400 feet of pipeline, and a single stock water tank. The spring site is located in timber and will be powered by either a solar pump or portable generator. The stock tank will be located approximately ¼ mile South of the spring outside of timber in sagebrush/grass. The stock water tank will be fitted with wildlife escape ramps to minimize potential effects to small mammals and birds. The project is located in close proximity to the Idaho border in the Western Centennial Mountain Range of Beaverhead County.

Recreational Use

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Beartooth Electric Underground Powerline Easement 2020-04-07
Beartooth Electric Cooperative is applying for a 20’ wide easement on a parcel of Trust land in Carbon County for the installation of an underground electric distribution line. The parcel is described as the Section 36-T5S-R18E. The proposed 20’ wide (3.02 acres) easement would generally be located along the east side of Butcher Creek Road

Spectrum’s Havre to Malta Fiber 2020-04-03
The applicant proposes to install a new underground telecommunications fiber cable. The area of impact will be 20 feet in width, 10 feet on either side of a center line with a total area of impact of 1.474 acres.

Triangle Whitewater Upgrade 2020-04-03
The proponent proposes to install an underground telecommunications cable within a right-of-way 20’ wide (10’ on either side of a centerline) across School Trust land in Phillips County. The line will allow for improved telecommunication capabilities in this rural area and the surrounding communities.

 Mid-Rivers Communications Fallon Exchange 2020-3 2020-03-17

Mid-Rivers Communication has requested a right-of-way easement from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the purpose of placing an underground fiber optic cable across State Trust Lands. 

NorthWestern Relocation of Distribution Line 2020-03-17
NorthWestern Energy Corp (NWE) has applied for a utility easement (ROW) to move an existing overhead 7200 kV powerline located next to the Ruby River and installed in 1930 to a location on state land. The existing powerline is located next to the river and there are areas along the line with difficult access and structures that become impossible to maintain. The powerline would be re-located along the shoulder of an existing Madison County road and be placed on state trust land in the E1/2, NE1/4 NW/14 of Section 7, T8S R4W in Madison County. Moving the powerline would allow safe and reliable power to the customers in the Upper Ruby Valley.

Weeds

Nothing new in the last 30 days. 

Wind

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Water

Water Right Environmental Assessments.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Broadwater-Missouri Project Main Canal Measurement Station Rehabilitation 2020-02-10
The Main Canal Measurement Station is part of the Broadwater-Missouri Project, owned and managed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation’s (DNRC) State Water Projects Bureau (SWPB). The Main Canal serves as a primary irrigation water conveyance source that serves two distribution canals, all operated and maintained by the Broadwater-Missouri Water Users Association. Currently, the Main Canal Measurement Station is not operational. SWPB has determined the need to make the measurement station operational again which will provide reliable water measurement data to better manage and conserve the natural resource. The action alternative plans for rehabilitating the Main Canal Measurement Station with improved water measurement technology.

Water Rights

 

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