Judge grants pipeline easements on holdout properties

By The Associated Press

A federal judge in Pennsylvania says a gas pipeline company can seize easements it needs from five final holdout property owners including land owned by nuns on which activists built an outdoor chapel to protest the project.

 

COLUMBIA, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge in Pennsylvania says a gas pipeline company can seize easements it needs from five final holdout property owners including land owned by nuns on which activists built an outdoor chapel to protest the project.

Wednesday's ruling means Transcontinental Pipe Line Co. has no obstacles to its Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project.

An attorney for The Adorers of the Blood of Christ says he's not sure whether the nuns will appeal Wednesday's ruling.

A spokesman for Transcontinental's parents company says the nuns won't have to remove the chapel immediately and will be fairly compensated. The pipeline will be 3 to 5 feet underground and the nuns and other property owners will continue to own and use their land, with "certain limitations."

The nuns had argued the pipeline violates the land, which they consider sacred.

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