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

The July 20, 2022 Opencut Stakeholders Meeting is CANCELLED.

Due to Covid-19 we are canceling the July 20, 2022 Stakeholders Meeting. We will hold our next regularly scheduled Stakeholders Meeting in October. Please watch your e-mail and the website for further details.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact us at (406)444-4970 or DEQOpencut@mt.gov with any questions or concerns.

 

On August 8, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., the Department of Environmental Quality (department) will hold an in-person public hearing in Room 111 of the Metcalf Building, at 1520 E. Sixth Avenue, Helena, Montana, to consider the proposed amendment and adoption of the above-stated rules.

Concerned persons may submit their comments either orally or in writing at the hearing. Written comments may also be:

  • emailed to DEQOpenCutRulemaking@mt.gov;
  • submitted to the Department of Environmental Quality, at 1520 E. Sixth Avenue, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, Montana 59620-0901; or
  • faxed to (406) 444-4386.

Faxed and emailed comments must be received by DEQ no later than 5:00 p.m., August 8th, 2022. Mailed comments must be postmarked on or before August 8th, 2022.

 

Interested parties may also attend the hearing electronically in the following ways:

Join Zoom Meeting Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or One tap mobile:

  • US: +12133388477,,89365372147#,,,,*698110#  or +12063379723,,89365372147#,,,,*698110#

Or Telephone:

  • Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    • US: +1 213 338 8477  or +1 206 337 9723  or +1 646 558 8656

Webinar ID: 893 6537 2147

  • Passcode: 698110

International numbers available: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/u/k5i9vbm0R

Or an H.323/SIP room system:

  • 323: 162.255.37.11 (US West) or 162.255.36.11 (US East)
  • Meeting ID: 893 6537 2147
  • Passcode: 698110
  • SIP: 89365372147@zoomcrc.com
  • Passcode: 698110

The hearing will begin with a brief introduction by department staff to explain the use of the video conference and telephonic platform.  All participants will be muted except when it is their time to speak.  If you encounter technical issues, please contact the department, by telephone at (406) 444-1388, or by e-mail, DEQOpenCutRulemaking@mt.gov.

 

MAR-Issue-13-Current.pdf

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/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 Russell (406) 444-4796

Reclamation Specialist
Ruby Hopkins (406) 444-7444

 

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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 Standard 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 Standard 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 Standard Permit Application for Birky, Edwin and 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 Standard 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.

The Opencut Section has received a complete Standard Permit Application for Bouma, Neal - PHR - 3441 in Flathead County. The application can be viewed at https://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering 'PHR' in the 'Site Name' box and clicking 'Submit' or by entering '3441' 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 Standard Amendment Application for Bohrnsen Ranches Inc. - Bohrnsen - 1951 in Granite County. The application can be viewed at https://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering 'Bohrnsen' in the 'Site Name' box and clicking 'Submit' or by entering '1951' 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 Standard Permit Application for  Roosevelt County Road Department - Colgan - 3412 in Roosevelt County. The application can be viewed at https://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering 'Colgan' in the 'Site Name' box and clicking 'Submit' or by entering '3412' 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 Standard Permit Application for Miller Colony, Inc. - Miller Colony Gravel Pit - 3341 in Teton County. The application can be viewed at https://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering 'Miller Colony Gravel Pit' in the 'Site Name' box and clicking 'Submit' or by entering '3341' 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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