Contested land owned by nuns prioritized for pipeline laying

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 3, 2017 4:46 PM

"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) -- Despite disruptions and multiple arrests, a gas pipeline project is going forward with construction through a cornfield owned by an order of Pennsylvania nuns.

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Columbia have sued in federal court to stop the Atlantic Sunrise project, arguing Oklahoma-based Williams Partners is rushing to bury it before appeals. LNP newspaper reports the lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge in Reading.

The nuns have appealed the case to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The court hasn't ruled on the case yet, but declined to issue an injunction stopping work on the pipeline.

Williams Partners spokesman Christopher Stockton says the company is prioritizing construction in the cornfield, given the high level of public scrutiny.

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