Coal Section


PENDING APPLICATIONS & ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS

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Company & Application Name Document Date Public Notice with Open Comment Periods
Decker Coal Company: West Decker Bond Release SL5
Bond Release Application
1st Round Completeness Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Completeness Deficiency
Completeness Determination

07/17/17
09/12/17
09/25/17
11/06/17
Public Notice for Completeness Determination will be published in the Big Horn County News on November 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2017. 

*Proposed Comment End Date: January 2, 2017
Decker Coal Company: East Decker Major Revision TR3
Major Revision Application
Completeness Determination
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
2nd Round Acceptability Deficiency

12/02/17
03/31/17
07/25/17
09/08/17
11/07/17
 
Otter Creek Coal: Permit Application
Permit Application
Completeness Deficiency
Completeness Deficiency Response
Completeness Determination
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
1st Round Acceptability Response-Updated
2nd Round Acceptability Deficiency
Partial Alluvial Valley Floor Determination
Significance Final Alluvial Valley Floor Determination

07/26/12
10/15/12
11/19/12
12/14/12
04/12/13
11/19/14
03/19/15
Feb 2016
Nov 2017
 
Westmoreland Savage Corp: Bond Release SL3
Bond Release Application
Completeness Determination
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency

08/20/15
09/28/15
12/04/15
 
Westmoreland Savage Corp: Renewal RN7
Renewal Application
1st Round Completeness Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Completeness Deficiency
Completeness Determination
Acceptability Determination

04/12/17
05/31/17
06/05/17
06/27/17
11/03/17
 
Signal Peak Energy: Amendment AM3
Amendment Application
Completeness Deficiency
Completeness Deficiency Response
Completeness Determination
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
2nd Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 2nd Round Acceptability Deficiency
3rd Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 3rd Round Acceptability Deficiency
Acceptability Determination
Draft Environmental Assessment
Bull Mountain 1990 Final EIS
Bull Mountain 1992 Final EIS
Final Environmental Assessment
Written Findings
Appendix I-Cumulative Hydrologic Impact Assessment
Appendix II-Private Property Takings Assessment
Appendix III-Public Comment Response
Approval Letter
5th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 5th Round Acceptability Deficiency
5th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 5th Round Acceptability Deficiency
6th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 6th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Draft Environmental Assessment
Acceptability Determination
Final Environmental Assessment
Written Findings
Approval Letter

10/05/12
11/29/12
11/30/12
12/14/12
03/01/13
03/19/13
06/14/13
07/01/13
08/02/13
08/19/13
09/03/13
08/30/13
1990
1992
10/16/13
10/2013
10/2013
10/2013
10/2013
10/18/13
12/08/15
01/20/16
01/29/16
02/11/16
02/26/16
03/04/16
05/16/16
05/24/16
05/16/16
July 2016
07/12/16

Full Amendment 3 Application is available through the following FTP link:
 
To reference the current permit use the following FTP download link:

Note: Decision was appealed to the Board of Environmental Review (BER) and BER remanded the CHIA back to DEQ.
Signal Peak Energy: Renewal RN4
Renewal Application
Completeness Determination

07/28/17
10/19/17
Public Notice for Completeness Determination will be published in the Billings Gazette and Roundup Record on October 25 and November 1, 8 and 15, 2017. 

*Proposed Comment End Date: December 15, 2017
Spring Creek Coal: Bond Release SL11
Bond Release Application
Completeness Determination

08/11/17
11/13/17
Public Notice for Completeness Determination will be published in the Big Horn County News on November 22 and 30, and December 7 and 14, 2017 as well as the Sheridan Press on November 20 and 27, and December 4 and 11, 2017.

*Proposed Comment End Date: January 15, 2018
Spring Creek Coal: Amendment AM5
Amendment Application
1st Round Completeness Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Completeness Deficiency
Completeness Determination
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
2nd Completeness Determination
2nd Round Acceptability Deficiency
Alluvial Valley Floor Determination

12/30/16
03/29/16
05/04/16
08/02/16
11/29/16
03/16/17
03/21/17
07/14/17
Nov 2017


Public Portal: http://svc.mt.gov/deq/myCOALPublic/

Spring Creek Coal: Major Revision TR1
Major Revision Application
1st Round Completeness Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Completeness Deficiency
Completeness Determination
First Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
2nd Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 2nd Round Deficiency
3rd Round Acceptability Deficiency
4th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 4th Round Acceptability Deficiency
5th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 5th Round Acceptability Deficiency
6th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 6th Round Acceptability Deficiency
7th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 7th Round Acceptability Deficiency

11/01/13
12/05/13
12/05/13
12/06/13
03/31/14
08/18/14
12/09/14
03/11/15
06/17/15
09/11/15
11/03/15
12/15/16
05/04/16
06/20/16
07/20/16
11/17/16
06/28/17
 
Western Energy: Amendment AM5 (Area B)
Amendment Application
1st Round Completeness Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Completeness Deficiency
2nd Round Completeness Deficiency
Response to 2nd Round Completeness Deficiency
Completeness Determination
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency

02/17/17
03/28/17
04/20/17
05/23/17
05/23/17
05/24/17
09/20/17
 
Western Energy: Amendment AM4
Amendment Application
Determination of Administrative Completeness
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
2nd Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 2nd Round Acceptability Deficiency
3rd Round Acceptability Deficiencies
Response to 3rd Round Acceptability Deficiency
4th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 4th Round Acceptability Deficiency
5th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 5th Round Acceptability Deficiency
6th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 6th Round Acceptability Deficiency
7th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 7th Round Acceptability Deficiency
8th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 8th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Acceptability Determination
Final Environmental Assessment
Written Findings
Approval Letter

06/15/09
08/07/09
12/22/09
03/18/10
07/16/10
11/15/10
03/14/11
01/19/12
05/16/12
03/25/13
07/23/13
11/01/13
01/15/14
02/03/14
06/03/14
02/02/15
03/05/15
03/10/15
07/08/15
12/03/15
12/04/15
12/04/15
 
Western Energy: Area F Permit
Permit Application
Completeness Deficiency
Completeness Deficiency Response
Completeness Determination
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
2nd Round Acceptability Deficiency
2nd Round Acceptability Deficiency Response
3rd Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 3rd Round Acceptability Deficiency
4th Round Acceptability Deficiency
AVF Determination
Response to 4th Round Acceptability Deficiency
5th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 5th Round Acceptability Deficiency
6th Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 6th Round Acceptability Deficiency
7th Round Acceptability Deficiency

11/02/11
01/10/12
05/07/12
08/01/12
11/29/12
02/11/14
06/09/14
07/10/15
11/06/15
02/29/16
06/27/16
2016
08/29/16
12/23/16
05/05/17
06/07/17
06/26/17
10/19/17
 
Western Energy: Area B Bond Release SL16
Bond Release Application
Completeness Determination
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency

12/20/16
02/14/17
08/08/17
 
Western Energy: Area C Bond Release SL16
Bond Release Application
Completeness Determination
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency

12/23/15
01/21/16
11/03/16
 
Western Energy: Area A Renewal RN7
Renewal Application
Completeness Determination
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
Acceptability Determination
Environmental Assessment
Written Findings
Approval Letter

02/14/17
03/20/17
06/01/17
08/28/17
09/12/17
10/10/17
10/12/17
10/12/17
 
Western Energy: Area E Bond Release SL15
Bond Release Application
Completeness Determination
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Deficiency

12/23/15
01/21/16
11/03/16
10/23/17
 
Westmoreland Resources, Inc: Bond Release SL19
Bond Release Application
1st Round Completeness Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Completeness Deficiency
Completeness Determination
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency

05/02/16
05/13/16
05/19/16
05/31/16
08/08/16

 

Westmoreland Resources, Inc: Renewal RN7
Renewal Application
Completeness Determination
1st Round Acceptability Deficiency
Response to 1st Round Acceptability Deficiency

06/05/17
07/14/17
10/18/17
10/24/17
Public Notice for Acceptability Determination will be published in the Sidney Herald on November 15 and 22, 2017. 

*Proposed Comment End Date: December 4, 2017

*Anticipated dates of publication and comment period end dates cannot be confirmed until the receipt of the Affidavit of Publication from the newspaper.