Huntingdon County family loses court battle over Mariner 2 pipeline
HUNTINGDON - A family's fight against the construction of the Mariner East Pipeline in Huntingdon County took a big hit Wednesday.
Following an injunction hearing Tuesday, Judge George Zanic ordered that the Gearhart family and their supporters must remove all tree platforms, tents, vehicles and all other objects that are preventing the construction within 48 hours.
The judge also ordered that no one is allowed in the area until construction is complete, unless they have permission from pipeline officials.
Today’s ruling is further validation for the Mariner East 2 pipeline project,” said Kurt Knaus, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance. “The public has had countless opportunities to provide input about the project over the past three and a half years. That includes opponents. Regulators have spoken and so have the courts, repeatedly. It’s time to build this project without further delay. Judge Zanic’s ruling today is a positive step toward that end.
The Gearhart family has been battling the construction for several years now and has been camping out in the area and sitting in trees to prevent construction of the pipeline.