This was posted under anon comments on April 3:
The energy cost is just a part(significant as it is) of the overall costs which must be borne by the productive acreage. The only revenue source to fund the pumping and the other costs will be from the income of the farmed land, unless there is a sizable trust account set up by Highland.
These additional costs include the maintenance of the pumps; the replacement of the pumps; the inspection and maintenance of the recharge wells (which number around 540) which may clog or become contaminated; the replacement of recharge well pipes which will degrade and leak in time; the monitoring well inspections and maintenance; the entire water compliance assessment regime which needs to be staffed, and supervised (there are annual reports required to be filed with a number of government agencies); and contingencies such as low water levels that may require the provision of temporary drinking water to affected residents, and the drilling of new deeper well in order to repair the situation, the possibility of having to install hydraulic barriers around areas in the quarry that leak excessively; the uncovering, cleaning and reconstruction of basal trenches that become clogged and change the drainage in the quarry.
There is probably more that I have not thought of yet. And all this will be paid forever by anyone who owns the land.
Now do you still believe that this quarry will be rehabilitated??