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Pipeline protesters denied eminent domain appeal

Ellen Gerhart and her family made headlines after getting arrested in 2016 for impeding tree removal. Ever since she has been in and out of court fighting to keep Sunoco's crews off her land.

HUNTINGDON - Weeks after the "Mariner East Two Pipeline Project" was suspended for permit violations, a Huntingdon county family took an even bigger hit.


Ellen Gerhart and her family made headlines after getting arrested in 2016 for impeding tree removal. Ever since, she has been in and out of court fighting to keep Sunoco's crews off her land.

The pipes haven't gotten to her land yet because of her constant repeals to an eminent domain order from Sunoco in 2016. However, this week the State Supreme Court denied her requests for more appeals. Gerhart said it's now a waiting game for when Sunoco will begin working on her property.

"If you look at a 350 mile-long pipeline that has a blast radius of 2,000 feet, which is close to homes and schools, I just don't see why they would take that risk," Gerhart said.

On Thursday, Gerhart also told 6News her legal battles are most likely part of the reason the project has been delayed, and said the Sunoco Logistics pipeline project was supposed to be finished months ago.

Sunoco was also hit with a construction permit violation in January.

"We needed to look out for not only ourselves but for the people and environment around us," Gerhart said. "If we screw up the environment, there is no 'Planet B.' "






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