Lancaster Sisters of the Corn Lose Bid to Stop Atlantic Coast Pipe

The Sisters of the Corn have lost their battle to prevent the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline from crossing their cornfield. Last month MDN told you about a group of Catholic nuns who, with the help of radical Big Green groups, cleared a portion of a corn field they own (local farmer uses for planting corn), plopped a couple of wooden park benches and portable flower trestle in the middle of the corn field, and declared the spot a “chapel” (see Catholic Nuns Use Radicals to Build Chapel in Path of PA Pipeline). It’s a joke. But they weren’t laughing. They really thought that (a) if they refused to sign an easement granting a right-of-way to Williams, and (b) if they stuck a couple of park benches in a corn field, a judge would stop the pipeline from passing through–at least on their land. They were wrong. The Sisters of the Corn (as we call them, the actual name is The Adorers of the Blood of Christ) were one of five holdout property owners who would not sign easements. Last week a judge granted the easements anyway. Atlantic Sunrise now has 100% of the land they need to build the pipeline. Oh! The interesting thing about the Sisters of the Corn? The Sisters use natural gas to heat a retirement community they operate on the very same property where they don’t want a natural gas pipeline…

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