PennEast Pipe Forced to Do It Hard Way – Using Eminent Domain

As we told you last week, today (Monday, Feb. 5) is 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 near three years to deal in good faith negotiations with PennEast, and now time has run out. On Friday, a group of holdout landowners symbolically tore up their PennEast lease offers in a vain media stunt. Starting later this week they will receive something via certified mail they better not tear up–a court summons for an eminent domain proceeding. It’s a shame when it has to come to that, but denial is a strong emotion. Now it’s off to court they go where they’ll get a splash of reality…

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