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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

Wukong 3D Seismic Project 2019-08-15
Dawson Geophysical is proposing to conduct 3D seismic exploration on 28 sections of state Trust Lands mineral estate in northern Rosebud County. The state portion of the seismic operation accounts for approximately 9% of the total area involved, with the remainder consisting primarily of private land and a small amount of BLM.

Little Beaver East MC11-08NH 2019-08-07
Denbury Onshore plans to drill a horizontal well into the Mission Canyon Formation 16,852’ MD / 6,853’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented to surface.

Galt 1-3-9-35 2019-08-07
Cardinal Oil, LLC plans to drill an Eagle Formation test, 1,516’ TVD / MD. The location is in core Sage Grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval. The approval letter was received 7/30/2019.

Golden Monkey – 1H 2019-08-07
Alta Vista Oil Corporation plans to drill a Heath Formation test, 5,630’ TVD / 15,072’ MD. The location is in core Sage Grouse habitat and requires sage grouse approval. The approval letter was received 7/17/2019.

Bell Creek 3D Seismic 2019 2019-08-05
Denbury is proposing to conduct a 3D seismic operation in the Bell Creek Oil Field located in Powder River County. The State of Montana has 100 acres of Trust Land minerals included within the proposed seismic project. Denbury also conducted a seismic project that encompassed the same source points during the late summer of 2015.

#1 Vecta State 12-34 2019-07-30
True Oil has requested permission to drill an oil well on State Land. The vertical well will be drilled into the Madison formation at a total depth of 2,600 feet. The proposed wildcat well is located on classified grazing land. A 300’ X 250’ drilling pad and 3,600 feet of access road will be constructed. A single rig will drill the well. If sufficient quantities of oil are present, then commercial well sites will be developed. If tests indicate that commercial quantities of recoverable oil are not present, then the well will be plugged and reclaimed in conformance with standards approved by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation.

Denbury Well MC31-16SH & NH 2019-07-23
Denbury Onshore LLC henceforth referred to as proponent has requested to construct two co-located oil wells, pad site, pipeline and access road on the section of Trust Land mentioned above. This section of land is managed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources Eastern Land Office. This oil well will be in the Cedar Creek Coral Creek Unit. The well depth will be approximately 12,550 feet on the south well and 13,432 feet on the north well, both would be drilled into the Mission Canyon formation. These wells would be placed in common on one pad site, the total area of the pad site for drilling operations would be approximately 4.95 acres. Once drilling is completed the pad size will be reduced to 2.64 acres. Any pits will be constructed on cuts and will not be allowed on fills. Cuts will range from 0-9.9 feet. Fills will range from 0-10.1 feet.

Proposed Oil Well- #1 Vecta State 12-34 2019-07-09
True Oil has requested permission to drill an oil well on State Land. The vertical well will be drilled into the Madison formation at a total depth of 2,600 feet. The proposed wildcat well is located on classified grazing land. A 300’ X 250’ drilling pad will be constructed, and a single rig will drill the well. If sufficient quantities of oil are present, then commercial well sites will be developed. If tests indicate that commercial quantities of recoverable oil are not present, then the well will be plugged and reclaimed in conformance with standards approved by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation.

Unit MC 43-19NH 2019-06-28
Denbury plans to drill a horizontal well into the Mission Canyon Formation 15,054’ MD / 7,199’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented to surface.

Coral Creek Unit MC 31-16SH 2019-06-26
Denbury Onshore plans to drill a horizontal well into the Mission Canyon Formation 12,550’ MD / 7,177’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented to surface.

Coral Creek Unit MC 31-16NH 2019-06-26
Denbury Onshore plans to drill a horizontal well into the Mission Canyon Formation 13,432’ MD / 7,179’ TVD. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’ and cemented to surface.

Baseline 1 2019-06-26
Briscoe Petroleum, LLC plans to drill a 4,600’ MD/ 4,500’ TVD well with the objective formation being the Amsden.

#1 Vecta State 12-34 2019-06-26
Single derrick drilling rig to drill to 2600’ TD, Madison Formation.

Zimmerman EPU 150IW 2019-06-26
Poplar resources LLC plans to drill a 6,070’ TVD/MD vertical gas injection well with an objective formation being the Charles. Surface casing to be run to 1200’ and cemented back to surface.

Lonestar 12-13 #1H 2019-06-26
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 20,865’ MD, 10,280’ TVD. One other oil well will be drilled on this pad, the Lonestar 12-13 #2H.

Lonestar 12-13 #2H 2019-06-26
Kraken Operating LLC plans to drill a horizontal oil well in the Bakken Formation 19,530’ MD, 10,280’ TVD. One other oil well will be drilled on this pad, the Lonestar 12-13 #1H.

Mulder 22-15 #1H 2019-05-31
Triple derrick rig 20,650’MD/9,930’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’.

Mulder 22-15 #2H 2019-05-31
Triple derrick rig 20,495’MD/9,932’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’.

Mulder 22-15 #3H 2019-05-31
Triple derrick rig 20,551’MD/9,937’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’.

Mulder 22-15 #4H 2019-05-31
Triple derrick rig 20,813’MD/9,942’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,000’.

#1 Simmes Ranch 42-4 2019-05-31
Single derrick drilling rig to drill to 2,404’ MD / 2,400’ TVD, Madison Formation.

Dry Creek 2-13 2019-05-31
Big Sky Energy, LLC plans to re-enter this well and drill to 5,725’ MD/TVD with the objective formation being the Lakota.

Other Minerals

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry

Forest Practices
Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Improvement Projects
Cummings Hauling Inc. HRA 27-B-47250 Alternative Practice 2019-08-08
Proposed alternative practice to skid across adjacent wetland in summer

Timber Sales
Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Management Activities
Bearly Timber Permit 2019-08-09
The Bozeman Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is Proposing the Bearly Timber Permit. The project is located approximately 6.5 air miles southeast of Bozeman, MT.
Objectives of the project include:
-Generate revenue to the trust beneficiary and improve the health, vigor and productivity of the forest stands.
-The desired future condition of this stand is a Douglas-fir type.
-Enhancement of aspen stands.
-Regeneration would be expected to occur naturally.

Bad Beaver Timber Permit 2019-08-09
The Bozeman Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Bad Beaver Timber Permit. The project is located approximately 6.5 air miles southeast of Livingston, MT.
Objectives of the project include:
-Generate revenue to the trust beneficiary and capture value from dead and dying timber while improving the health, vigor, and productivity of the forest stands.
-The desired future condition of the forest stands is a Douglas-fir cover type
-Regeneration would be expected to occur naturally.

King East Fork Salvage 2019-07-22
Issue a Timber Permit for the following: Salvage of ~40 MBF of
western larch and Douglas-fir blowdown, mistletoe infected western larch, and beetle killed
Douglas-fir in T32N R22W Sec. 6, 7, 17, 18, 19, & 20. Salvage of ~11 MBF of blowdown western
larch in T33N R33W Sec. 3. The purpose of this action is to remove insect and disease infected
timber as well as to capitalize on the economic value remaining in blowdown timber.

Land Banking Sales

2019 Land Banking Dillon Unit 2019-08-08
Offer for Sale at Public Auction approximately 480 acres of state land currently held in trust for the benefit of Common Schools (Sections 12 & 13, T8S R8W), Pine Hills School (Section 24, T8S R8W), and Public Buildings (Section 27, T8S R8W). Revenue from the sale would be deposited in a special account with monies from other sales around the State to purchase replacement lands meeting acquisition criteria related to legal access, productivity, potential income, and proximity to existing state ownership which would then be held in trust for the benefit of the same beneficiary Trusts in relative proportion. The proposed sale is part of a program called Land Banking authorized by the 2003 Legislature.

Land Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Exchanges

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Agriculture/LUL

Twin Bridges Fairgrounds Water Main Extension 2019-08-19
The Town of Twin Bridges has applied for a Land Use License to place rip-rap along the western bank of the Beaverhead River adjacent to the Madison County Fairgrounds. The proposal will cover approximately 115 lineal feet of bank and will extend from the top of the bank to the toe of the channel, plus an additional 5 feet into the channel for a key-in.

Hat Creek Ranch Improvement Request 2019-08-09
The proposal would modify 1 mile of existing fence and will replace 8 miles of degraded wildlife unfriendly fence on DNRC State Trust Lands. The top and bottom wires of the fences will be modified to make it easier for wildlife passage to occur. Fences will be designed using Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Wildlife Friendly Fences publication. The proposal will also move the fence on to the surveyed property boundary along the southern boundary of section 13. The ranch also proposes to mark 2 miles of fence near the Mud Creek sage grouse lek with vinyl markers to reduce bird collisions with the fence.

In addition, approximately 22 acres of conifer encroachment removal will take place on state land to reduce encroaching conifer trees, mainly Douglas Fir and Rock Mountain Juniper trees. The ranch will also perform some mesic streambed restoration work to help retain water in riparian areas for longer periods of time in the spring and keep uplands greener for longer in the summer by storing additional spring runoff.
The work would take place in late summer and early fall of 2019.

North Park East 2019-08-08
Checklist Environmental Assessment and Reclassification Capability Inventory to reclassify 87 acres of land within the City limits of Bozeman from agriculture production to commercial use. This reclassification meets the intent of the Real Estate Management Plan, the M1 zoning of the property, and the needs of the City of Bozeman's growth plan.

Stock Water Pipeline 2019-08-08
Proposed Stock water pipeline and tank installation to better manage grazing practices.

Private Water Pipeline 2019-07-31
The proponent is requesting to place a waterline close to county road 40N on state property that will be coming off of the main city waterline and going to his private property running from east to west.

Kennecott Exploration Road Use 2019-07-30
Kennecott Exploration Company has applied for a Land Use License to use an existing road on State land in Section 36, T7S, R11W in Beaverhead County to access unpatented mining claims on BLM lands on sections 2,10,11, and 12 T7S, R11W to do mining exploration. The road would need minor maintenance and repair before use to removed rutted sections and improve drainage features in the road. Expected use would start in late July and be completed by October 31, 2019.

Tim Wilson Pipeline 2019-07-23
DNRC grazing lessee Tim Wilson will be installing a pipeline to replace a leaky ditch. Approximately 500 feet of the pipeline will cross through State land. NRCS has engineered this project. In the event of infrastructure failure, overflow could go into State land to an existing dam. 

Arntzen EQIP2019-07-23
The proponent has requested to install a water pipeline and a new cross fence on their state lease as a part of their EQIP plan. No water tanks will be placed on State land. The plan is to rotate a herd of around 50 – 60 cows through the summer and the new water and pastures will give them the opportunity to change season of use.

Recreational Use

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Southern MT Telephone 2019-08-19
Southern Montana Telephone is applying for a utility easement for a fiberoptic telecommunications line.

Alhambra Road Fiber Land Use License / Utility Easement 2019-08-07
Century Link is proposing to install approximately 1300 feet of fiber optic cable and four (4) Fiber markers within its existing Right of Way, Document No. D-6721, Application No. 7554 on State Trust Land in Section 16, T8N, R3W next to a buried copper telephone line. The installation of the new fiber is to upgrade voice and data in the service area. The buried distribution line will encumber approximately 1.37 acres. The ROW corridor is 20 feet wide and extends 3000 feet.

Heble Private Driveway Easement 2019-07-24
Damon & Jessie Heble are applying for a 30’ easement in Fergus County for the approval of an existing two-track ranch road to be converted to a private driveway easement. If approved, the Heble’s plan to improve the existing road by grading and graveling the road.

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 Project Control Room Construction 2019-06-18
The project consists of construction of a new Control Room on the top of the existing Dam Powerhouse structure. The work generally includes construction of CMU walls, concrete over metal deck roof structure, installation of HVAC equipment, receptacles, interior and exterior lighting, and data cabling.

Broadwater Substation Breaker Replacement 2019-06-18
The Broadwater Power Project is a 10-MW State-owned hydropower project. It sells generated power to Northwestern Energy. The point of sale is at the State-owned Broadwater substation. Within the Substation are three 30-year old breakers, which are currently slowly leaking SF6 insulating gas and are in need of replacement. The work scope includes replacement of the three 100 kV breakers with DNRC-supplied replacements and includes structural/concrete work, replacing standard CTs with revenue CTs, removing/replacement of the breakers, making connections to the 100 kV line and control system, testing, and site reclamation.

Water Rights

 

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