Roy E. Huffman Files, 1976-1981  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Montana. Board of Natural Resources and Conservation.
Title
Roy E. Huffman Files
Dates
1976-1981
Quantity
7 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2094, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Roy E. Huffman Files consist of meeting minutes and agendas, organizational and administrative papers, news releases, event schedules, working papers, personal correspondence and expense vouchers, and project and agency files. There are also in-stream water reservations decisions, requests for water reservations, transcriptions of hearings, petitions for rehearing, final arguments, legal briefs and the final orders on Yellowstone River reservations and related papers, the implementation by the BNRC of the Major Facilities Siting Act, maps, aerial mosaics, charts, hearing exhibits, pamphlets, reports, articles and other supporting materials.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Montana Board of Natural Resources and Conservation (BNRC) was a citizen board appointed by the Governor (Roy E. Huffman was appointed by Governor Thomas L. Judge). It oversaw the implementation of legislation regulating natural resource and conservation issues. Two major tasks of the BNRC during Roy Huffman's tenure were water reservation rulings provided for by the Montana Water Use Act of 1973 (which created singular changes in water reservations on Montana watercourses) and the approval of siting and construction of energy generating and conservation facilities and large transmission lines as mandated by the Major Facilities Siting Act. In 1995 the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation was reorganized and the BNRC was eliminated.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection has been arranged into three series. Series One papers include minutes and agendas of the meetings from January 1977-January 1981; organizational and administrative papers; news releases and schedules of events; Roy Huffman's working papers, personal correspondence and expense vouchers; files on projects and agencies within the Board's jurisdiction including: conservation districts, dams, fire rules (forests), flood plain delineations, grazing districts, the Renewable Alternative Energy Program, rights-of-way, sediment control, state water development projects, some water reservations papers, watershed and river basin activities and weather modification along with the Circle West Project, Montana Power Company interests, and materials related to the interaction between the BNRC, Legislature, Courts and other constituencies. Series Two records relate to the decisions on in-stream water reservations for the Yellowstone River (the first river to be adjudicated under the new law). Requests for water reservations, transcriptions of hearings, petitions for rehearing, final arguments, legal briefs and the final orders on Yellowstone River reservations and related papers are represented in this series. Interested parties included cities, towns and agricultural enterprises along the river, 14 Applicant Conservation Districts, the Dept. of State Lands, the Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation, the Dept. of Health and Environmental Sciences, the Dept. of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Land Management, Utah International, Inc., Intake Water Company, the Montana Wildlife Federation, the Montana Council of Trout Unlimited, and the Federation of Fly Fishermen. Series Three records cover implementation by the BNRC of the Major Facilities Siting Act, in particular the Colstrip - Hot Springs, Montana Transmission Line for connection with the Bonneville system and amendments to the construction permits for the Colstrip #3 and #4 generating plants. A major portion of the papers for the main transmission lines of the Montana Power Co. are related to the Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry 100 kV line and the main 500 kV Colstrip to Hot Springs line. Also present are records related to corridor designations for the Clyde Park - Dillon Transmission Line through the Jack Creek drainage in the Gallatin National Forest with the attendant litigation of the Montana Wilderness Assn., the Anaconda - Hamilton Transmission Line, and Northern Lights, Inc request for the Troy - Mt. Vernon power line for the proposed Mt. Vernon Mine. Correspondence by Board members Ted J. Doney, Cecil Weeding, John C. Orth, and Joseph W. Sabol (attorney for the Board) as well as Roy Huffman are prevalent. Maps, aerial mosaics, charts, hearing exhibits, pamphlets, reports, articles and other supporting materials are present within the various series. Many records are photocopies distributed to the Board members. Published background studies and reports readily available in the stacks and/or Special Collections were removed from the collection.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Montana Board of Natural Resources and Conservation records, 1977-1981Return to Top

Agendas, minutes, correspondence, news releases, events schedules, annual reports, organizational and administrative files of the Montana Board of Natural Resources and Conservation (BNRC); legislative and litigation files; reports, brochures and articles; a set of Roy E. Huffman's correspondence, working papers and travel vouchers; files related to specific programs and projects addressed by the Board; and other miscellaneous assorted papers and materials of the Board. Many of the papers are photocopies distributed to Board members. The files have been arranged in alphabetical order and then chronologically within subjects.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
BNRC: Administration
1/2
BNRC: Agenda with attachments
January 28, 1977
1/3
BNRC: Agenda with attachments
April 6, 1977
1/4
BNRC: Agendas
of April 21, 1977; of July 8, 1977
1/5
BNRC: Annual reports
1977-1979
1/6
BNRC: Correspondence
1977
1/7
BNRC: Correspondence
1978
1/8
BNRC: Correspondence
1979-1981
1/9
BNRC: Events schedules
March 9-December 21, 1977
1/10
BNRC: Minutes
November 4, 1976-April 21, 1977
1/11
BNRC: Minutes
July 8-December 13, 1977
1/12
BNRC: Minutes
February 10-December 15, 1978
1/13
BNRC: Minutes
February 23-November 17, 1979
1/14
BNRC: Minutes
January 4-November 21, 1980
1/15
BNRC: News releases
January 28, 1977-May 1, 1980
1/16
BNRC: Open meeting law
1/17
BNRC: Organization; charts and reorganization papers
2/1
Circle West Project
1977
2/2
Conservation Districts including annual reports
1979-1980
2/3
Dams
2/4
Electric power (Montana Power Company)
2/5
Environmental Impact Statement - drafting guidelines
2/6
Fire rules
2/7
Flood plain delineations: (assorted) with attachments
1977
2/8
Flood plain delineations: (assorted) with attachments
1978
2/9
Flood plain delineations: (Bitterroot River) with attachments
1979
2/10
Flood plain delineations: (Cascade County) with attachments
1979
2/11
Flood plain delineations: (Cascade County) flood insurance study
1979
2/12
Flood plain delineations: (assorted)
1980
2/13
Flood plain delineations: (Powell County)
1981
3/1
Grazing Districts
3/2
Huffman, Roy E. - Personal correspondence
3/3
Huffman, Roy E. - Travel vouchers
3/4
Huffman, Roy E - Working papers
3/5
Legislation
1977
3/6
Legislation
1979; 1981
3/7
Litigation - lists of actions against the Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation and BNRC
3/8
Montana Environment Policy Act rules
3/9-10
Renewable Alternative Energy Program
3/11-12
Reports, articles, pamphlets and brochures
3/13
Rights-of-Way
3/14
River projects
4/1
Sediment control progress report
4/2
State Water Development Projects Plan
(proposed)
4/3
Water reservation guidelines
4/4
Water reservation papers: applications, correspondence other than Yellowstone River
4/5
Watershed and river basin activities
4/6
Weather modification

Series 2:  Yellowstone River water reservation records, 1976-1980Return to Top

Case study and newspaper articles; applications for water reservations; transcripts of the Yellowstone River Reservation Applications hearings plus exhibits; petitions for rehearings; Billings, Montana rehearing papers; additions and extensions of reserves; proposed and final findings of fact, conclusions and orders; legal documents including briefs, responses and motions; Montana Supreme Court and Montana District Court papers; the transcript of the final arguments and the Board of Natural Resources and Conservation decisions and orders. The interests of Utah International, Inc. and Intake Water Company are well represented. The files are for the most part in chronological order.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/7
"Protecting Instream Flows in Montana: Yellowstone River Reservation Case Study" by Debra A. Sweetman; a draft manuscript, no date; one set newspaper articles
November 1978
4/8-10
Applications for reservation of water, Yellowstone River
1976
4/11
Applications for reservation of water, Yellowstone River
1976-1977
5/1
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
August 8-9, 1977
5/2
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
August 10-11, 1977
5/3
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
August 12-15, 1977
5/4
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
August 16-17, 1977
5/5
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
August 18-19, 1977; August 22, 1977
6/1
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
August 23-24, 1977
6/2
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
August 25-26, 1977; August 29, 1977
6/3
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
August 30-31, 1977
6/4
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
September 1-2, 1977
6/5
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
September 6-7, 1977
7/1
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
September 8-9, 1977
7/2
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
September 12-14, 1977
7/3
Unabridged Redirect Testimony of Bruce Rehwinkel
September 13, 1977
7/4
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
September 15-16, 1977; September 19, 1977
7/5
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
September 20-21, 1977
8/1
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
September 22, 1977; September 27, 1977
8/2
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings
September 29-30, 1977
8/3
Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings: Exhibits
8/4
Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Dept. of Health and Environmental Sciences
8/5
Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Dept. of Fish and Game
9/1
Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Fourteen Applicant Conservation Districts
9/2-3
Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Intake Water Company
9/4-6
Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Utah International Inc.
9/7
Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Assorted agencies and industries
10/1
Final arguments
August 18-19, 1978
10/2-4
Findings of fact and conclusions of law, etc.
11/1-2
Findings of fact and conclusions of law, etc.
11/3
Petitions for rehearings - Billings and others
March - April 1979
11/4
Rehearing papers of Billings
1978-1980
11/5
Litigation - Joseph W. Sabol memo to the Board
(Utah Intl., Inc. and Intake Water Co. motions)
July 5, 1977
11/6
Litigation - Intake Water Co. briefs, motions, etc.
1977-1978
11/7
Litigation - Utah Intl. Inc. briefs, motions, etc.
1977-1978
11/8
Litigation - Assorted briefs, motions, etc. of interested parties
1977-1980
11/9-10
Litigation - Utah Intl. Inc. briefs, motions, etc. before Montana District Court
1979-1980
12/1
Litigation - assorted Montana District Court documents
1977-1980
12/2
Litigation - Montana Supreme Court documents
1977-1979
12/3
Requests for additions and extensions of water reservation areas
1977-1980
12/4
Assorted decisions and orders of the Board of Natural Resources and Conservation
1977-1980

Series 3:  Major Facilities Siting Act: Colstrip #3 and #4 and transmission line records, 1976-1981Return to Top

Records of actions to amend the Major Facilities Siting Act, including reports, studies, comments, transcripts of testimony, decisions and orders. Records related to the applications for the Colstrip #3 and #4 sites include reports, environmental impact statements, permits, contracts, other studies, legal documents and related papers. Records of activities related to the determination of locations and appropriateness of transmission lines for power from Colstrip, Montana to Hot Springs, Montana and various other Montana sites including Broadview, Grass Range, Glengarry, Anaconda, Hamilton, Billings Clyde Park, Dillon, Troy and Mt. Vernon. Materials include diagrams, maps (that show both routes and suggested rerouting of the lines and include named holdings of effected landowners), aerial mosaics, transcripts of hearings, exhibits and testimony, legal documents, and findings of fact and orders of the Board. One particularly contentious issue represented was the location of a transmission line through the Jack Creek drainage in the Gallatin National Forest near the Big Sky Resort.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
12/5
Major Facilities Siting Act definitions, policies and amendment papers
1977
12/6
Site Act proposed amendments and commentary
12/7
Site Act - appendix A and B - comments and testimony Montana agencies and co-ops
12/8
Site Act - appendix C - electric company comments
12/9
Site Act - appendix D - general comments
12/10
Site Act - appendix F - proposed amended definitions
12/11
Site Act - appendix G - energy planning
12/12
Site Act - third set of proposed rules, commentary and definitions
1978
12/13
Siting Act rules changes with individual testimony, cost analysis, definitions, etc.
1978
12/14
Major Facilities Siting Act Amendment: adoption, resolution and order
April 1978
12/15
Siting Act Amendments: report reforming the act and draft of further amendments
1978
12/16
Assorted power plant siting materials including a article, a proposed study and testimony of Ted J. Doney before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee (Max Baucus, Chairman)
12/17
Colstrip clippings
12/18
Colstrip facilities studies
1972
12/19
Colstrip #3 and #4: Certificate and parts of conditions set by the Board
July 1976
13/1
Colstrip #3 and #4: EPA review, EIS reports, and conditional permits
September-December 1976
13/2
Colstrip #3 and #4: Contracts, objections to provisions, compliance
February-September 1977
13/3
Colstrip #3 and #4: EPA public notice, Montana Power materials, town site EIS
1978-1979
13/4
Colstrip #3 and #4: Papers of a suit filed by the Northern Plains Resource Council and Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Inc.
1979
14/1
Colstrip #3 and #4: Assorted papers on construction and impact of plant and transmission lines
May-July 1980
14/2
Colstrip #3 and #4: Transcript of hearing
July 31, 1980
14/3
Colstrip #3 and #4: Proposed findings of facts, etc. and orders of the Board
August 1980-September 1981
14/4
Colstrip #3 and #4: Transcript of citations for findings 1-5
undated
14/5
Transmission lines (Colstrip to Hot Springs): Assorted communications
1977
14/6
Transmission lines (Colstrip to Hot Springs): Construction guidelines
December 1977
14/7
Transmission lines (Colstrip to Hot Springs): Centerline evaluations
1977-1980
14/8
Transmission lines (Colstrip to Hot Springs): Rerouting proposals with maps, diagrams
14/9
Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): Maps and diagrams
14/10
Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): papers
1976-November 1977
15/1
Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): Transcript of proceedings
December 2-3, 1977
15/2
Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): Proposed findings of fact, etc.
April-June 1978
15/3
Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): Final arguments
June 1978
15/4
Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): Findings of fact, etc.
1978
15/5
Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): Certificates, petitions, legal documents
August 1978-September 1979
15/6
Transmission lines (Anaconda - Billings): Order for Waiver with maps
July 19, 1979
15/7
Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Montana Power Co. application
1975-1976
15/8
Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Transcript of hearing
February 16-17, 1977
16/1
Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Applicants exhibits
16/2
Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): DNRC exhibits
16/3
Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Photos and aerial photo mosaics, MPC
16/4
Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Proposed findings of fact
May-June 1977
16/5
Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Findings of fact, modifications, etc.
August-September 1977
16/6
Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Certificate of need
September 1977-March 1981
16/7
Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Concerns Citizens of the Bitterroot protest with newspaper article
December 1977
17/1
Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Transcript of hearing
September 23, 1976
17/2
Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Testimony with exhibits
September 23, 1976
17/3
Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Transcript of hearing
September 24, 1976
17/4
Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Testimony with exhibits
September 24, 1976
17/5
Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Montana Wilderness Assn. testimony
September 24, 1976
18/1
Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Proposed finding of facts
February 1977
18/2
Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Proposed finding of facts
March 1977
18/3
Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Transcript of hearing
(on amended application)
April 21, 1977
18/4
Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Findings of fact
July 15, 1977; July 19, 1977
18/5
Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Motion to Postpone papers,
June 30, 1977
18/6
Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Legal documents and papers related to the Montana Wilderness Association and Environmental Information Center, Inc. response to motion to postpone
October 1977-July 1978
18/7
Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Brief of Montana Power Co.
November 9, 1979
18/8
_Transmission lines (Troy - Mt. Vernon): Northern Lights, Inc. application
December 29, 1977
18/9
Transmission lines (Troy - Mt. Vernon): Transcript of hearing
March 24, 1979
18/10
Transmission lines (Troy - Mt. Vernon): Proposed findings of fact, centerline order, etc.
April 1979-1980

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Coal-fired power-plants-Environmental aspects-Montana-Colstrip
  • Conservation of natural resources-Government policy-Montana
  • Electric lines-Environmental aspects-Montana
  • Electric power distribution-Environmental aspects-Montana
  • Electric power-plants-Environmental aspects-Montana-Colstrip
  • Energy facilities-Location-Law and legislation-Montana
  • Water use-Yellowstone River Watershed
  • Personal Names :
  • Doney, Ted J
  • Orth, John C
  • Sabol, Joseph W
  • Weeding, Cecil
  • Corporate Names :
  • Montana Power Company
  • Montana-Major facility siting act
  • Montana-Water use act
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Huffman, Roy E. (Roy Elwood) (creator)