Lancaster County pipeline protesters disband camp, for now

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 28, 2017 2:12 PM

Pipeline protesters have used this former tobacco barn for meetings. (Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvania)

(Conestoga) -- Pipeline opponents in Lancaster County are temporarily disbanding their protest encampment.

Protesters are discontinuing their round-the-clock encampment at a farm in Lancaster County because work on the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline likely won't start until summer.

Organizer Mark Clatterbuck says they will continue to gather at the farm near Conestoga on weekends to train for nonviolent protest and grow the movement.

About 100 people have stayed at the encampment since it opened in mid-February.

The site has attracted anti-pipeline activists from around the country, including members of an American Indian tribe that tried to stop the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

Federal regulators granted approval to Atlantic Sunrise pipeline builder Williams last month, but the project has been tied up in court.

It would pass through five midstate counties: Columbia, Lancaster, Lebanon, Northumberland, and Schuylkill.

Condemnation notices were placed on the Conestoga Township barn earlier this month, citing zoning and building codes, which prohibit the farm from being used as an encampment and the use of the barn for non-agricultural purposes.


Activist Tim Spiese talks with an Amish family who live next to the pipeline encampment. (Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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