The application for a prospecting permit must be made in writing, notarized and submitted to the DEQ in duplicate on forms furnished by DEQ. A detailed prospecting map and a prospecting reclamation plan must accompany the application. A description of the proposed method of prospecting and type of equipment to be used must be included. Prior to obtaining a prospecting permit, the applicant must file a reclamation bond with the DEQ in an amount determined by the DEQ, based upon the estimated cost to the DEQ of required reclamation and restoration work. Bond may be no less than $200.00/acre and the total bond may not be less than $10,000.00.
At least 120 days but not more than 150 days prior to the permit's anniversary date, the operator must submit an application for a permit renewal stating the number of holes permitted and drilled, listing surface disturbances and supplying an updated map.
Statute: Strip and Underground Mine Reclamation Act; 82-4-226 MCA
Rules: ARM 17.24.1001, 1003, 1016, 1102