Pipeline Blocked By Nuns Chapel

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Published on 17 Sep 2017, 15:38
A convent of elderly nuns supported by a group of local activists are all that stand in the way of a billion dollar pipeline company. The company is drilling through almost 200 miles of Pennsylvania countryside.
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ own a plot of land in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It includes a nursing home, their convent and a field of corn plowed by a local farmer.
But now the sisters have erected an outdoor chapel among the cornstalks: Wood pews and an arbor, adjacent to a city park and a subdivision.
The chapel and a corresponding religious-freedom lawsuit are intended to stop the natural gas-pumping Atlantic Sunrise pipeline,. The pipeline is an addition to Williams Partners' Transco pipeline system currently under construction.
“It’s not a traditional chapel, but it’s a marker. It’s a place that says, ‘This is sacred,’ as was the mountaintop with Moses and the burning bush,” explained Sister Sara Dwyer, noting that 300 people attended the chapel’s dedication last month.
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