A federal appeals court stopped construction of the 197-mile Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Lancaster County, Penn., on Nov. 6. The temporary stay was issued so the court could consider a challenge raised by environmental groups against the pipeline.
An order of nuns have filed a separate suit under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because the pipeline crosses their land.
“[We] hope that a permanent stay will be entered because environmental science confirms the development of this massive fossil fuel pipeline will only accelerate global warming and harm God’s sacred earth,” the nuns said in a statement. — Elizabeth E. Payne