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Brownback to sign measure to conserve Ogallala Aquifer

April 16, 2012

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— 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.

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tolawdjk 2 years, 8 months 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."

rockchalker52 2 years, 8 months ago

Now, therein lies the issue: Were the prostitutes free? Because the one starting all the fuss certainly didn't think so.

geekin_topekan 2 years, 8 months ago

What exactly is "free prostitute"? If they are not charging for their service that makes them promiscuous at worst like what can be found on Mass. street on ay given Friday.

Or, by "free", you mean that they are independent contractors.

Ken Lewis 2 years, 8 months ago

If they are free....they are no longer a prostitute.

shleppy 2 years, 8 months ago

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

Carol Bowen 2 years, 8 months 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?

blindrabbit 2 years, 8 months 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!

Ken Lewis 2 years, 8 months ago

Exactly. They want to conserve, but they gave the Holcomb station an open check to pump as much as they want for "evaporative cooling". That water will be lost on a once-through basis.

Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 8 months 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.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/04/05/458478/frackers-outbid-farmers-for-water-in-colorado-drought/

Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 8 months 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.

http://www.news.ku.edu/2012/february/7/waterlevels.shtml

Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 8 months 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 http://www.hydraulicfracturing.com/Water-Usage/Pages/Information.aspx

Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 8 months 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: http://www.kansas.com/2012/03/29/2275425/big-oil-pushes-small-operators.html#storylink=cpy

Mike Ford 2 years, 8 months 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.

Ken Lewis 2 years, 8 months 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.

tomatogrower 2 years, 8 months 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.

Don't you mean they are too blinded to know when they are being sc##wed? I don't think integrity has anything to do with it.

Ken Lewis 2 years, 8 months ago

So basically you think farmers are stupid, yet you call yourself a tomato grower.

Fred Mertz 2 years, 8 months ago

Culture are you serious? Farmers don't lobby? Ever hear of Ks Farm Bureau Ks livestock association. farmers Union and others?

Plus all the neighboring states do regulate water use.

Word is that these measures will actuall increase use.

A good reporter will follow up in a year and see if water use has gone up or down.

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