Archive for Monday, April 16, 2012

Brownback to sign measure to conserve Ogallala Aquifer

April 16, 2012


— Gov. Sam Brownback travels to northwestern Kansas this week to sign legislation intended to help conserve and extend the Ogallala Aquifer.

At a ceremony Tuesday in Colby, Brownback will sign a bill that amends the Groundwater Management District Act to allow for creation of local enhanced management areas. The intent is to encourage more local action on saving water.

Brownback proposed several measures this year to promote water conservation. He has already signed bills easing restrictions on use of water rights and giving rights holders more flexibility in managing their allotments over several years.


mikekt 2 years ago

I am surprised that we are not building a radioactive waist dump on top of the Ogallala Aquifer in Kansas, as some billionaire in Texas is.. You know,....Big Sam and Rick Perry are "preyer" buddies, ....preying on the public. Oh, i forgot; since the State Regulators in Texas took out their magic pencils and changed the so called location maps of were the Ogallala Aquifer is supposed to be in Texas; well,.. i guess that this new nuclear dump is now supposedly "technically" not on top of the Ogallala Aquifer!!!! Right?! Whatever???!!!! The Traveling Wave Nuclear Reactors of the future will be able to burn these waist materials and this billionaire is going to clean up $, by collecting other peoples glow in the dark trash that someday will be fuel to create power, that people will want back, to burn in their next generation reactors. I guess that people in a number of states are going to pay this guy to take their nuclear waist! How smart is that?! It's the beginning of a true "Texas Glow In The Dark Dynasty" where this guy will go from being a mere billionaire, to a trillionaire! Or his kids will be very rich in their lifetimes. He's collecting re-burnable fuel!s.... Which will be worth a fortune in the future, to others! Hopefully, all of the "get government out of your life folks" & "business boosters" in North Texas, won't end up with glow in the dark ground water that renders water wells in Northern Texas useless, as a result. I hope that his nuclear dump never leaks into the ground water, & or, the Ogallala!


Ken Lewis 2 years ago

Kansas farmers are the only ones who lost here....because they have too much integrity to lobby. Last I knew, adjacent states dont have any restictions on Ogallala water usage.

As I have said before, KS needs a wind powered pumping system to move water from east to west. Sound crazy? There is already a 500-mile pipeline going in from Wyoming to eastern CO for water supply. Other states are doing it while KS is playing big-lobbyist political games of the water supply.


Mike Ford 2 years ago

what a joke....the agricultural people are going Koch out there.....use it to the last drop.....let the commies worry about conservation......I hope they use it until they have to leave and maybe then they'll learn.


Michael LoBurgio 2 years ago

Big Oil pushes small operators aside

Last year’s arrival of large oil companies with their fat wallets and horizontal drilling rigs has forced up the cost of exploration for some mom-and-pop operators, cut their profits and sown conflict with landowners.

After Big Oil and Big Gas left Kansas in the ’80s, the oil and gas industry in Kansas consisted of dozens of local, family-owned companies. Some are large by Kansas standards, but most are small.

Year after year, the mom-and-pop operators consulted their maps and well logs, then knocked on a farmer’s door. They drilled more than 5,000 wells a year for decades.

In recent years a typical contract for mineral rights was a bonus of $10 or $25 an acre, plus 2/16ths of the revenues from the well.

Although SandRidge Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Source Energy MidCon, Unit Corp., Tug Hill Operating, Reeder Energy, Shell Oil and others are still assessing the feasibility of the play in Kansas, they already have spent hundreds of millions of dollars acquiring mineral rights on millions of acres. They did this by paying landowners signing bonuses of $500 or $1,000 an acre, plus 3/16ths of the well revenues.

Read more here:


Michael LoBurgio 2 years ago

Water and fracking in kansas

The 4.5 million gallons of water needed to drill and fracture a typical deep shale gas or oil well


Michael LoBurgio 2 years ago

Groundwater level decline continues across western, central Kansas

LAWRENCE—Average groundwater levels throughout western and central Kansas dropped more in the past year than they had annually since 1996, according to preliminary data compiled by the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas.

In January 2012, the KGS and the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources measured levels in approximately 1,400 water wells in 47 western and central Kansas counties as part of an annual assessment program.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the greatest declines in the state were in the southwest corner, the area hardest hit by persistent drought conditions. Areas in central and south-central Kansas that had shown significant gains or only modest declines the last four years, due in part to flooding in 2007, also showed significant declines this year.


Michael LoBurgio 2 years ago

How long before this happend in Kansas?

Frackers Outbid Farmers For Water In Colorado

Colorado’s hydrofracking boom — a technology that heavily relies on water — only adds additional strain as farmers and drillers bid for a scarce resource:

At Colorado’s premier auction for unallocated water this spring, companies that provide water for hydraulic fracturing at well sites were top bidders on supplies once claimed exclusively by farmers. [...]

State officials charged with promoting and regulating the energy industry estimated that fracking required about 13,900 acre-feet in 2010. That’s a small share of the total water consumed in Colorado, about 0.08 percent. However, this fast-growing share already exceeds the amount that the ski industry draws from mountain rivers for making artificial snow. Each oil or gas well drilled requires 500,000 to 5 million gallons of water.

A Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission report projected water needs for fracking will increase to 18,700 acre-feet a year by 2015.


bigtoe 2 years ago

I'm shocked Rothschild didn't write this article.


blindrabbit 2 years ago

Best way for Kansas to protect the aquifer is to deny the Holcomb coal burner; huge user of water for power to Colorado and Oklahoma! Unfortunately, Brownie does not have the hudspeth as did Bremby and Sebelius to veto this fiasco!


Carol Bowen 2 years ago

"Brownback proposed several measures this year to promote water conservation. He has already signed bills easing restrictions on use of water rights and giving rights holders more flexibility in managing their allotments over several years."

How does easing restrictions conserve water? And, how will the governor reconcile the path of the Keystone pipeline with water conservation of the aquifer?


shleppy 2 years ago

I sleep so well knowing my buddy sam is looking out for me.


weiser 2 years ago

I just want a free conference in Vegas, and some free prostitutes in Columbia. On your dime of course...


tolawdjk 2 years ago

All fine and dandy if the local area has the funds and expertise to create an enhanced management area.

However, if it is like most communities I know of that draw upon the Ogallala, money is not something they have in abundance.

The cynic in me says this just allows Brownback to shift responisbility from the state to the locals with no requirement to provide support. If it is discovered 3 years from now that "EvilCorprateCo Uranium Waste Injection Company, a subsideary of EvilCorprateCo Worldwide" was acutally injecting uranium waste into the ground and it filtered into the watersupply, Brownback will say "well, if the locals were concerned at the time, we gave them the ability to create an enhanced management area. It's not my fault they chose not to prioritize this function."


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