Pa. pipeline protesters threatened with arrest for trespassing

Written by The Associated Press | May 6, 2017 9:15 AM

The Mariner East pipeline project routes ethane and propane from Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania to a processing station in Marcus Hook. (Photo: Graphic courtesy of Sunoco Logistics)

(Huntingdon) -- Pennsylvania landowners could face arrest for trespassing on their own property if they violate a court order obtained by a pipeline company.

The Gerhart family of Huntingdon County has been battling Sunoco Logistics' Mariner East 2 pipeline.

They're challenging Sunoco's use of eminent domain to lay the pipeline across a portion of their 27-acre property.

StateImpact Pennsylvania reports a recent court order gives Sunoco the right to have the Gerharts or any other protester trespassing on the company's right of way removed by law enforcement.

The 350-mile long pipeline across southern Pennsylvania will carry propane, butane and ethane from the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation to an export terminal near Philadelphia.

The family's attorney said Friday that Sunoco has not yet started construction on the Gerharts' land. No arrests have been made.

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