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U.S. Supreme Court Gives Pipeline Eminent Domain Go-Ahead

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with PennEast Pipeline Company in its battle with the state of New Jersey over whether its federal permit conferred the power of eminent domain and allowed it to overrule the state’s opposition to the pipeline’s construction. The 5-4 decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, removes an obstacle in the construction of the planned $1 billion, 116-mile pipeline that would carry fracked gas from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, across the Delaware River and to Mercer County, New Jersey — crossing some lands owned by the state. PennEast received a permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and argued that empowered it to seize lands through eminent domain under the Natural Gas Act.

Opponents to the called the decision to allow a private company to trample state’s rights for a pipeline that is neither wanted nor necessary, “devastating.”

“It is so disturbing that the profit making goals of a private pipeline corporation would be given greater respect and protection than the rights of states and people,” Delaware Riverkeeper Network CEO Maya van Rossum said. The pipeline faces additional legal hurdles before it can break ground, including a separate challenge to its FERC approval in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. It also has yet to secure necessary permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the Delaware River Basin Commission.

Sources: NJ.comMorris County Daily RecordWall Street Journal $, SCOTUSBlogReutersNew York Times $, Washington Post $, Argus MediaThe HillS&P Global

This is a quick news brief from Nexus Media (images added by editor).

Editors note: If only our children had eminent domain. Many are feeling like this is another climate crime scene.

Thank you to Jane Fonda (who spoke for many) for your intelligent words:

“I am sickened and deeply disappointed that President Biden has given the go-ahead to Enbridge Line 3 in Minnesota. This belies his promises on the campaign trail to follow science and stop new fossil fuel development and cut our carbon emissions in half by 2030. All of us need to make our voices heard now and demand the President keep his promises. We want a livable future.”

Climate Crime scene photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

From the fracking archives on CleanTechnica:

“A Nationwide Fracking Ban Would Be Invaluable For Human Health” — Physicians For Social Responsibility Applauds First Proposed Nationwide Ban On Fracking

Natural Gas Provided False Promise, Deception — Severe Health Problems From “Natural” Gas

Want A Heart Attack? Move Closer To A Natural Gas Fracking Site

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