Court orders pause in Atlantic Sunrise pipeline construction in Pa.

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 7, 2017 1:02 PM

Protesters blocked equipment and sang hymns for about half an hour before police asked them to leave. Nearly 30 people were charged with defiant trespassing. (Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvania).

(Lancaster) -- A federal appeals court has temporarily halted construction of a natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., stopped work on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline -- which would pass through Columbia, Lancaster, Lebanon, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties.

Environmental groups are asking for a comprehensive environmental review of the pipeline by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

A spokesman for pipeline builder Williams Partners says the company is assessing the impact of the temporary order.

Williams is preparing to run the pipeline through a cornfield in Lancaster County owned by an order of nuns.

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ have sued in federal court to stop the project.

The suit was dismissed by a federal judge, but that ruling is under appeal.

Gas from the pipeline will flow into the Transco Pipeline, which runs from New York to the Gulf of Mexico.


This map shows the currently proposed route of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline through a highly developed area between Palmyra and Annville, Lebanon County, as well as previously rejected routes.(Photo: Submitted by the Quittapahilla Watershed Association)

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