Seven midstate pipeline protesters plan to fight trespassing charges

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 5, 2017 3:24 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) -- Seven people arrested at a midstate protest of a $3 billion pipeline being built to carry natural gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to southern states intend to fight their charges at trial.

They have entered not guilty pleas to charges of defiant criminal trespass.

The people were arrested in October after trying to keep construction crews off a cornfield owned by a Roman Catholic order of nuns in Lancaster County.

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ have sued in federal court to stop the project. The lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge. That ruling is under appeal.

Thirteen other people arrested at the protest pleaded no contest. Two pleaded guilty. Another is being processed through the juvenile court system.

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