'Green' group defends blocking PA pipeline

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

police lights flashingAn environmental group is physically fighting construction of a natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania, where a resident says the group is just conducting another PR stunt.  

Saying they have a "constitutional right to clean air and clean water," members of Lancaster Against Pipelines used vehicles on Oct. 9 to block the entrance of an active Williams Co. construction site in Pennsylvania.

The environmental group defended its actions on the basis that it has "pursued all the legal avenues" it could but learned it couldn't stop a "multi-billion dollar corporation" after four years of effort.

"We aim not only to stop this pipeline; we aim to change this system," the organization said in a press release.

The early-morning protest involved 18 automobiles that blocked an access road, a Lancaster newspaper reported. Police were called to the scene and protesters moved their vehicles when told to do so, the story stated.

The pipeline will cut through 37 miles of Lancaster County as part of a 197-mile, $3 billion project set to be completed by next summer. 

Pennsylvania resident Tom Shepstone tells OneNewsNow he supports the pipeline. He says the environmental group's effort is part of an ongoing P.R. stunt by an organization that did not have a good legal case to stop it.

"There was nothing there," says Shepstone of the group's legal arguments. "They had absolutely no basis for their position other than this poppycock about constitutional rights for clean air and water. What does that mean? We all want clean air and water. There is nothing written in the Constitution about it. That is absolutely ridiculous."

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