"The hope is that the structure can draw people to prayer and reflection about just and holy uses of land. " Statement from the Adorers of the Blood of Christ on the outdoor prayer chapel.
Read the entire statement below.
via lancasteronline's Tom Knapp, a summary of yesterday's events in a Reading court:
"A U.S. district judge on Thursday declined to grant builders of the Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline immediate possession of land owned by a religious order near Columbia.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl said he could file a decision Friday or sometime next week. He also might wait until an injunction hearing later this month, he told attorneys in Reading on Thursday.
'I don’t know what I’m going to do at this time,' he said."
On July 6, LNP published an Op-Ed by Lancaster Against Pipelines co-founder, Mark Clatterbuck, that draws public attention to efforts by a Republican State Senator, Scott Martin, to restrict free speech and other rights of Lancastrians. The open salvo reads:
"It appears that Lancaster County’s state Sen. Scott Martin (13th District) is apparently so owned by the natural gas industry that he’s rewriting state laws to silence community opposition to the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline."Read more
Steve Marroni, in a concise summary of Sunday's Chapel Dedication, writes at PennLive.com:
"Lancaster Against Pipelines built the outdoor chapel right in the middle of the path of a proposed pipeline - and at the center of a court battle, too.
Part of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is planned to go through the property of The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, an international order of Catholic women.
In a press release issued today, the sisters and Lancaster Against Pipelines indicated they will hold a dedication ceremony for the prayer chapel at 2 p.m. Sunday at 3939 Laurel Run, Columbia."
“'We can certainly affirm that this is a religious cause,' said Sister Sara Dwyer of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, which allowed the prayer arbor to be built in the pipeline right of way by members of the Lancaster Against Pipelines citizens group."
Image by Chris Knight
Investigative news organization, The Intercept, has obtained leaked documents that show TigerSwan, a private military-style counterterrorism organization that worked at Standing Rock, is now in Pennsylvania. The four part series examines how the industry employs private "security" groups to work with local and state police, local media and state representatives to portray residents as dangerous activists in order to monitor, intimidate and harass them.Read more
From the Fox43 website (click here for video):
LANCASTER, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is seeking public comment on the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline that is slated to be built in Lancaster and Lebanon counties.
On Monday, DEP got input from supporters who want to see positive economic impacts from the project, and opponents who say those benefits are not enough and do not want their properties touched in any way.Read more
The Department of Environmental Protection held a hearing in Lancaster last night to field comments about the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. The meeting specifically addressed two permits that are required from the DEP for construction. Attendees who registered to speak were given three minutes of time, which several LAP (Lancaster Against Pipelines) members used to address the personal, cultural and environmental damages the permits would allow. Below are the statements, in full, from three LAP members, Mark Clatterbuck, Malinda Clatterbuck and Tim Spiese.