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

UPDATE - Forms have all been updated with a date of 09/21 in the footer. As of November 1, 2021 previous versions of the forms will not 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.

Annual Production Reports for 2021 will be mailed the first week of January 2022. Please be sure to have them submitted by March 1, 2022.

The next meeting has been scheduled for January 13, 2022. Opencut will be having the a hybrid meeting at Fairmont Hotsprings in coordination with the MCA Conference, and online via Zoom.

More details regarding this meeting will follow in the coming months. 

Click here for a copy of the Minutes from the September 16, 2021 Meeting.

 

Contacts

Opencut Mining Office Contacts

Section Supervisor
Chris Cronin (406) 444-2871

Program Support Specialist
Jennifer Skartveit (406) 444-4936

Program Support Specialist
Jana Gruber (406) 444-3920

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


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

Reclamation Specialist
Carly Dorshorst (406) 444-4796

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

Reclamation Specialist
Bryan Allison (406) 444-4969

Reclamation Specialist
Katie Garcin-Forba (406) 444-4976

Reclamation Specialist
Kenley Stone (406) 444-6726

Public Meeting Sites

The Opencut Section has received a complete Permit Application for the Firstmark Materials – Oscar's site – OC #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 the Riverside Contracting, Inc. – Donnes site – OC #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.