Nuns with pipeline protest chapel in Lancaster County suing FERC

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 19, 2017 10:09 AM

"You can only change something by taking one step at a time," said Sister Bernice Klostermann, right, as she and Sister George Ann Biscan of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, pose in the chapel which was constructed to oppose the building of a natural gas pipeline on their land. (Photo: Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record)

(Columbia) -- A group of midstate nuns who allowed anti-pipeline activists to build a chapel on a proposed easement has filed a lawsuit against a federal agency.

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Lancaster County has sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission -- which approved the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline.

FERC says it doesn't comment on lawsuits. 

The nuns contend the pipeline through their property violates their sincerely held belief in "the sacredness of Earth.''  

An Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline spokesman says the company has offered to pay more than the appraised value to use the property.

The pipeline will be buried three to five feet underground on the parcel -- which the nuns have been leasing to a corn farmer.  

Tomorrow, the nuns face an unrelated court hearing on the company's efforts to seize the land.

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