Pickens suspends water-sale plan
September 19, 2008

T. Boone Pickens, best-known as an oil magnate, has suspended a plan to ship water from the Texas Panhandle to urban areas in other parts of the state. The water would have come from the Ogallala Aquifer, which also sits below much of Nebraska. Pickens had been planning to make dual use of the land needed for the water pipeline by building wind farms along the route, but now the wind power project has been separated from the water project. While the Mesa Water project may be suspended for the time being, Pickens undoubtedly still knows that water demand is going to rise in the future, and the supply simply isn't increasing. We noted the original plan back in May, and there should be no doubt that it will either return, or others will emerge in its place. The amount of pumping power that would be required to move lots of water cross-country anywhere would be pretty amazing.

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