Pipeline builder buying midstate farm used as protest encampment

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 1, 2017 5:46 AM

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

(Conestoga) -- A company building a $3 billion pipeline to carry natural gas is purchasing a Lancaster County that has served as a base of operations for pipeline opponents.

Atlantic Sunrise pipeline builder Williams said Monday it has struck a deal with the owner of the 107-acre property near Conestoga. The purchase price wasn't disclosed.

The property owners had allowed environmental activists to use a portion of the farm as a protest encampment. The site 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.

Williams will use the property to drill under the Conestoga River.

The group Lancaster Against Pipelines says the sale is a "stark example of how much pressure" Williams exerts on private landowners.

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