PennEast Files Eminent Domain Against 44 Landowners, Wants Marshals

As we told you last week, Monday (Feb. 5) was the final day for landowners who live along the path of the PennEast Pipeline to accept an offer from PennEast to lease their land for the pipeline (see PennEast Pipe Gives Holdout Landowners Feb 5 Deadline to Sign). The landowners have had nearly three years to deal in good faith negotiations with PennEast, and their time has now run out. On Tuesday PennEast regrettably was forced to file eminent domain lawsuits against 44 holdout landowners. PennEast also asked the court to approve the use of federal marshals to protect workers due to threats the company has received from landowners and radical antis who say they will hassle workers and block construction. A prudent request given the sometimes violent nature of the Big Green movement (e.g. Dakota Access Pipeline violence). Here’s the latest on PennEast, as they get ready to begin construction…

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