Haskell County Kansas

In Kansas, the Court of Appeals upholds the decision to grant a temporary injunction to limit pumping a Haskell County junior water right.

This provisional sanction effects the junior right holder, oil company American Warrior, owned by the Cecil O’Brate family. This will require that they abstain from pumping water from two wells while the case is still pending in the court system.

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With the depletion of the Ogallala aquifer looming, a Haskell County family is testing Kansas water rights law.  First in time, first in right gives senior water rights priority over junior rights.  If the senior right is impaired, the owner of the junior right could be ordered to reduce irrigation from their well or even be shut down completely water reported Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland.

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The top ag revenue counties in Kansas are not in the east where water flows freely in rivers and creeks.  The top producers are in the dry west according to Drovers Cattle Network.