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

Opencut Mining

Program Overview

The Opencut Section reviews permit and amendment applications within its statutory timeframe to ensure Opencut minerals (bentonite, clay, scoria, soil materials, peat, sand or gravel) are extracted in accordance with the act and rules to ensure adequate protection of environmental resources and successful reclamation of the affected land back to a productive post-mining land use.

If you believe you need a permit, applicable forms and instructions can be found by clicking the "Permitting and Operator Assistance" button. Contact us if you have questions or run into problems with any of the information. We're here to help!


Opencut Permits & Locations

To review the permit for an existing Opencut site, click the button below to visit DEQ's data portal where you can search Opencut permits.

Search Opencut Permits

Permitted Opencut site locations may be viewed using DEQ's web mapping application. Click the button below to view the map. If you experience issues viewing the application, it may help to try a different browser. For information on how to use the application, please view the instructional video, How to Use Opencut's Web Mapping Application.

View Permitted Opencut Locations

 


Latest News

Minutes from the April 21, 2022 Stakeholders Meeting can be found here.

The next meeting has been scheduled for July 20, 2022, 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

Opencut will be having the a Zoom hybrid meeting in Room 111 at the Metcalf Building.

 

Annual Production Reports (APR) for 2021 were mailed January 3, 2022.

APR's were due March 1, 2022, to avoid Enforcement action, be sure your 2021 APR has been submitted.

UPDATE - Forms have all been updated with a date of 09/21 in the footer. Previous versions of the forms will no longer be accepted.

HB 599 was signed by the Governor on Friday, May 14, 2021. As a result, the new forms are now available on our website.

Contacts

Opencut Mining Office Contacts

Section Supervisor
Whitney Bausch (406) 444-3403

Unit Coordinator
J.J. Conner (406) 444-4979

Bond Questions
Jennifer Skartveit (406) 444-4936

Program Support Specialist
Jennifer Skartveit (406) 444-4936

Program Support Specialist - Kalispell
Elizabeth Smith (406) 755-8965

Reclamation Specialist
Kenley Stone (406) 444-6726

Reclamation Specialist
Bryan Allison (406) 444-4969

Reclamation Specialist
Carly Dorshorst (406) 444-4796

Reclamation Specialist
Ruby Hopkins (406) 444-7444

Reclamation Specialist - Kalispell
Colleen Owen (406) 755-8966

 

Public Comment Sites

The Opencut Section has received a complete Permit Application for the Firstmark Materials – Oscar's site – 3115 in Yellowstone County. The application can be viewed at https://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering 'Oscar's' in the 'Site Name' box and clicking 'Submit' or by entering '3115' in the 'Opencut#' box and clicking: 'Submit'

Comments will be accepted for this site throughout the permitting process. To submit a public comment click here. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this application.

 

The Opencut Section has received a complete Permit Application for Riverside Contracting, Inc. – Donnes site – 3077 in Yellowstone County. The application can be viewed at https://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering 'Donnes' in the 'Site Name' box and clicking 'Submit' or by entering '3077' in the 'Opencut#' box and clicking: 'Submit'

Comments will be accepted for this site throughout the permitting process. To submit a public comment click here. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this application.

 

The Opencut Section has received a complete Rural Permit Application for Missoula County - Hendricksen - 3408 in Missoula County. The application can be viewed at https://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering 'Hendricksen' in the 'Site Name' box and clicking 'Submit' or by entering '3408' in the 'Opencut#' box and clicking: 'Submit'

Comments will be accepted for this site throughout the permitting process. To submit a public comment click here. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this application.

The Opencut Section has received a complete Rural Permit Application for Kenyon Noble Ready Mix - Ogle Valley Center - 2817 in Gallatin County. The application can be viewed at https://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering 'Ogle Valley Center' in the 'Site Name' box and clicking 'Submit' or by entering '2817' in the 'Opencut#' box and clicking: 'Submit'

Comments will be accepted for this site throughout the permitting process. To submit a public comment click here. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this application.

The Opencut Section has received a complete Rural Permit Application for Riverside Contracting Inc - Marvin Rehbein - 3415 in Lake County. The application can be viewed at https://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering 'Marvin Rehbein' in the 'Site Name' box and clicking 'Submit' or by entering '3415' in the 'Opencut#' box and clicking: 'Submit'

Comments will be accepted for this site throughout the permitting process. To submit a public comment click here. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this application.

The Opencut Section has received a complete Rural Permit Application for Knife River - River Pit - 1411 in Flathead County. The application can be viewed at https://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering 'River Pit' in the 'Site Name' box and clicking 'Submit' or by entering '1411' in the 'Opencut#' box and clicking: 'Submit'

Comments will be accepted for this site throughout the permitting process. To submit a public comment click here. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this application.

The Opencut Section has received a complete Rural Permit Application for Birky, Edwin & Margaret - Birky Pit - 3425 in Cascade County. The application can be viewed at https://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering 'Birky Pit' in the 'Site Name' box and clicking 'Submit' or by entering '3425' in the 'Opencut#' box and clicking: 'Submit'

Comments will be accepted for this site throughout the permitting process. To submit a public comment click here. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this application.

The Opencut Section has received a complete Rural Permit Application for Cameron Springs LLC - Cameron Springs - 1136 in Gallatin County. The application can be viewed at https://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering 'Cameron Springs' in the 'Site Name' box and clicking 'Submit' or by entering '1136' in the 'Opencut#' box and clicking: 'Submit'

Comments will be accepted for this site throughout the permitting process. To submit a public comment click here. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this application.

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