Here's a little news item we missed in the lead up to yesterday's joyful and determined chapel dedication: a tidy summation of Williams's intention for the sisters' property--and the sisters' own intentions--by the Associated Press and picked up by the Washington Post.
"COLUMBIA, Pa. — A group opposing a natural gas pipeline slated to go through land owned by some Pennsylvania nuns has built a prayer chapel on the proposed right of way."
From PennLive, an update on the judge's complicated decision yesterday. Williams quickly released a statement to news organizations spinning the decision as a win for them; yet the effect of the decision is nominal until eminent domain seizure is decided on July 17.
McKelvey quotes the Adorer's statement, released yesterday (and posted on this site): "The hope is that the structure can draw people to prayer and reflection about just and holy uses of land."
"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."