Some Twenty-Six (26) Arrested in Protest on Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

by Duane Nichols on October 17, 2017

Protesting pipeline near nuns' chapel

Lancaster pipeline protest: What we know now

From an Article by Scott Blanchard, York Daily Record, October 16, 2017

About 26 people who were protesting the construction of a planned natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County were arrested on Monday.

A group of people protested construction Monday at the site of a planned natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County, on land owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a religious community.

The pipeline — Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Company is building a 186-mile pipeline to carry natural gas from the Marcellus Shale area of northeastern Pennsylvania to the Transcontinental Pipeline, which covers the East Coast.

The nuns — A Roman Catholic order of nuns, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, sued to try to stop pipeline construction, telling a federal court that the project will excessively damage God’s creation, the Earth. U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Schmehl in Reading ruled in late September that his court lacked jurisdiction and dismissed the suit. The nuns, who had allowed supporters to build a chapel in the pipeline’s path, said publicly they would appeal the court case.

The sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ church allowed opponents of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline to construct a simple chapel in its path.

The protest — The group Lancaster Against Pipelines said in a news release that they planned a peaceful protest at the construction site for early Monday morning. About 70 people showed up and, at around midday, they surrounded an excavator and began singing songs.

Police soon arrived and gave the protesters until 12:45 p.m. to leave. Just after the deadline passed, one protester told others that they’d have to decide whether to stay or risk arrest.

Just before 1 p.m., police began arresting protesters one by one. About 26 stood in front of the equipment, refusing to leave, and were then taken away.


Photos: Protesting construction of pipeline near nuns’ chapel — A group has gathered to protest the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline at the site of a chapel that was built near its path in Columbia, Lancaster County. Sean Heisey, York Daily Record

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Arrest Update October 17, 2017 at 8:56 pm

Who was arrested during gas pipeline protest near Columbia?

From Mike Argento, York Daily Record, October 17, 2017
Lancaster Against Pipelines and the sisters, The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, built a chapel to try to block construction of a natural gas pipeline. Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record

Tuesday morning, things were quiet at the site of the makeshift chapel erected by the right-of-way of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline path just east of Columbia.

Two women were at the chapel, watching as construction workers put the finishing touches on a chain-link fence along the west side of the pipeline easement. The spokeswoman for Lancaster Against Pipelines, Lori Ann Neumann, was catching up on email, working on her laptop on the tailgate of her pickup truck.

Monday, after a protest in which 23 were arrested for defiant trespass, the group moved the chapel over the line marking the east boundary of the pipeline right-of-way. Previously, it was just outside the line, on property owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ religious order. The fence, at that point, bowed to go around the chapel.

Nearly all who were arrested during Monday’s protest at the site had been released from jail. “It was a long night,” she said.

Tuesday morning, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office released a list of those arrested. Twenty-two adults and one juvenile were charged with the third-degree misdemeanor, the prosecutor’s office reported.

All but one has been arraigned and released on bail or on their own recognizance.

About two dozen people who were protesting the construction of a planned natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County were arrested on Monday. Sean Heisey, York Daily Record

All of those arrested were from Lancaster County, plus two from Glen Rock, unless otherwise noted. Most were released without having to post bail, and those who did post are noted.

They are:

A juvenile who was charged and released.

Donald Gallagher Jr., 70, $1,000 bail.

Susan Lithgoe, 67.

Rachel Mark, 71.

Barbara Vanhorn, 86, of Duncannon.

Anne Sensenig, 56.

Julie Broich, 37.

Christine Elliott, 66, of Massachusetts, $2,500 bail.

Elizabeth Lucabaugh, 55, Glen Rock.

Paul Yatabe, 67.

Patrick Gantert, 23.

Ann Devitry, 58.

Diana Delucca, 63.

Anthony Provenzano, 51, of West Virginia, $2,500 bail.

Malinda Clatterbuck, 47.

Peter Kerekgyarto Jr, 70, $1,000

Robin Lason, 55.

James Ebaugh, 64, of Glen Rock, $1,000 bail.

Darrell Yoder, 60.

Jerry Miller, 69, $10,000 bail.

Andrea Ferich, 37, of Spring Mills, Pa.

Lucy Latham, 58.

Another unnamed adult not yet arraigned.



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