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Driscoll, Paul

Opencut mining application for Billings gravel pit open for public comment

HELENA – The Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on an Opencut mining permit application for a 108.8-acre site known as Oscar’s, located just south of the intersection of Wise Lane and Story Road southwest of Billings in Yellowstone County. The Permit application has been submitted by FirstMark Materials.


DEQ will hold a public meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Big Horn Resort, 1801 Majestic Lane.


DEQ specialists will provide information during the open house portion of the meeting (6:30 – 7:00 p.m.). During the question and answer portion (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.), DEQ will provide a short presentation after which citizens will be able to ask questions to the panel of participants. Lastly, during the public comment portion (8:00 – 9:00 p.m.), citizens will have the opportunity to provide oral comments about the proposed application. Written comments will also be accepted.


The application can be viewed at by entering “3115” in the “Opencut #” box and clicking the “Submit” button.


DEQ must assess the application under a tight timeframe and is seeking relevant information from citizens with knowledge of local conditions. If comments received reveal substantial issues not adequately satisfied in the proposed Plan of Operation, DEQ can conduct an extended review of the application.


DEQ must make this determination by July 9, 2019. Therefore, it is recommended that citizens submit comments before July 1, 2019.


Written comments can be submitted at the meeting, or by email using the “Public Comment for FirstMark Materials–Oscar’s Site Gravel Pit – Opencut #3115 on the “Public Comment” tab on the Opencut Mining Section’s webpage at, or by U.S. Mail addressed to the DEQ Opencut Mining Section, PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901.


DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities who wish to participate in the meeting. If you require an accommodation, please contact Jennifer Skartveit at 444-4936 or by email at:

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