Montana Department of Environmental Quality About Us Permitting & Operator Assistance Public Participation

Coal Mining

Program Overview

The Coal Section is responsible for ensuring the reclamation of land affected by surface and underground mining activity and regulation of development of coal mines in order to maintain the integrity of Montana's natural resources.


Types of Permits

The Coal Section reviews applications for several different types of activities related to coal mining using the best available data and scientific information within the time allotted. If you believe you need a permit, applicable forms and instructions can be found by clicking the "Permitting and Operator Assistance" button. 

Notice of Intent

A Notice of Intent (NOI) is used for the purpose of gathering environmental baseline data (such as wildlife, vegetation and hydrology) to establish the conditions of an area before beginning strip or underground mining, or to determine location, quality, and quantity of a mineral reserve prior to submitting an application for prospecting.

Prospecting

A Prospecting Permit is used for the purpose of determining location, quality, and quantity of a mineral reserve for land not already included in a current mine operating permit and if the prospecting is conducted for the purpose of determining location, quality, and quantity of a mineral reserve. This permit application must include a reclamation plan and bond.

Coal Mine Permitting

A Surface or Underground Mining Permit is used when engaging in mining operations in order to ensure the reclamation of land affected and maintain the integrity of Montana's natural resources. The permit application must include information regarding climate, geology, hydrology, vegetation, etc as well as a detailed reclamation plan and bond.

Coal Mining Contacts

Section Supervisor
Eric Dahlgren (406) 444-5245

Program Support Specialist
Sharona Gilbert (406) 444-4966

Updates

Sign up for email updates for DEQ Mining topics.

DEQ Coal ePermitting Public Snapshots

Public snapshots of the Coal Sections electronic permitting system are posted below under the company dropdowns for both current permits and pending applications. The instructions for accessing those snapshots are: 

  1. Download Zip File for revision or permit you want to review. (this may take a while)
  2. Once downloaded, all files within the Zip File will need to be extracted by copying them to a local drive.
  3. Click on the HTML file to open the navigation for the revision/permit.  
  4. Click on the links in the Table of Contents to navigate to specific sections of the permit.
  5. Click on the links to open pdf files.

Coal Mine Companies

Media

Coal Mine Reclamation
Big Sky Mine - Bond Release