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Energy Companies Buy Kansas Farmland For Water Access

posted on December 1, 2006

Energy companies are paying an average of $1,200 per acre to farmers for water rights to the Ogallala Aquifer under their land. At least three energy plants are being planned in southwest Kansas.

One plant, the Sunflower project, would create about 2,100 megawatts of power – enough to light up 775,000 homes. A complex that large needs water and with wells drying up, companies are paying for the water rights.

Some of the land itself will be transitioned from cropland to grassland before the first power plant goes online – possibly by 2011.

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