Resolution 15-2

Clarification and coordination of outreach regarding Board of Oil and Gas Form 22

WHEREAS, the Montana Streambed and Land Preservation Act (also commonly called the 310 permit) applies to projects that result in a change in the state of a natural, perennial-flowing stream, river, its bed or its immediate banks; and

WHEREAS, oil and gas development well pads, when located in natural drainages may as a result of runoff cause a physical alteration or modification in the state of a natural, perennial-flowing stream or river, its bed, or its immediate banks;, and

WHEREAS, oil & gas companies have expressed an interest in working with conservation districts in planning the site location of future well pads as to reduce the potential for the physical alteration or modification in the state of a natural, perennial-flowing stream or river, its bed, or its immediate banks; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts work with the Montana Board of Oil & Gas Conservation to amend the wording on the Board of Oil & Gas Conservation Form 22, Supplemental Information # 6, to strike the phrase “stream crossing permit” and insert the phrase “310 Permit” to better inform an operator that a 310 permit covers projects in addition to stream crossings; and should contact the local conservation district in order for the district to determine if a 310 permit is required.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts request the Montana Board of Oil & Gas Conservation to encourage operators prior to filling out the Board of Oil & Gas Conservation Form 22, to meet with the local conservation districts to determine the extent of the local conservation district’s jurisdiction over well pads under the 310 Law.

 

Submitted by: Roosevelt Conservation District

Area Meeting Action: Passed by Area 1

MACD Committee Assignment: Soil and Land Use Committee

General Session Action: Passed

 

Updates to this Resolution: Form 22 was updated to reflect 310 permit instead of stream crossing permit. DNRC provided training to operators encouraging them to contact Conservation Districts prior to well pad siting.