Midstate nuns against pipeline put chapel along its proposed route

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 7, 2017 9:53 AM

FILE PHOTO: Protesters gathered in January to ceremonially burn the environmental impact statement for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. (Marie Cusick / StateImpact Pennsylvania)

(Columbia) -- A group opposing a natural gas pipeline slated to go through land owned by some midstate nuns has built a prayer chapel on the proposed right of way.

Lancaster Against Pipelines and the sisters, The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, plan to dedicate the chapel at a prayer service on Sunday.

Williams Partners, the group building the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline across 183 miles of the state has asked a Lancaster County judge for an emergency order to seize the land.

A ruling is pending.

The company's spokesman says the chapel is a "blatant attempt to impede pipeline construction."

The nuns say in a press release that they "revere Earth as a sanctuary where all life is protected" and contend the pipeline violates their commitment to the environment.

The group of about 30 nuns operate St. Anne's Retirement Community in West Hempfield Township.

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