Transco gave US District Judge Schmel a deadline: August 18. Judge Schmel did not grant the corporation permission to seize the Sister's land--yet. Lancaster Online's Ad Crable writes:
"The builders of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline have failed to secure an early possession of property owned by defiant Roman Catholic nuns near Columbia.
The Transcontinental Pipe Line Co. had asked a federal judge to approve the condemnation of the pipeline route on the property of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in West Hempfield Township by Aug. 18, which was Friday.
But by the end of the day, the judge had issued no such ruling."