Nuns build chapel on pipe­line’s route

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

COLUMBIA, Pa. — A group op­pos­ing a nat­u­ral gas pipe­line sched­uled to go through land owned by some Penn­syl­va­nia nuns has built a prayer chapel on the pro­posed right of way.

Lan­caster Against Pipelines and the sis­ters, The Ador­ers of the Blood of Christ, plan to ded­i­cate the chapel at a prayer ser­vice on Sun­day.

Wil­liams Part­ners is the group build­ing the pipe­line across 183 miles of Penn­syl­va­nia. It has asked a Lan­caster County judge for an emer­gency or­der to seize the land. A rul­ing on that is pend­ing.

The com­pany’s spokesman says the chapel is a “bla­tant at­tempt to im­pede pipe­line con­struc­tion.”

The nuns said in a news re­lease that they “re­vere Earth as a sanc­tu­ary where all life is pro­tected” and con­tend the pipe­line vi­o­lates their com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment.

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