PennEast Pipeline Seeks Eminent Domain, Plus US Marshals To Protect Workers

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A landowner rips up an offer of compensation from PennEast at a rally February 2, 2018.

JON HURDLE / STATEIMPACT PA, A landowner rips up an offer of compensation from PennEast at a rally February 2, 2018.

The PennEast Pipeline Co. filed eminent domain notices in federal court to obtain access to land owned by dozens of people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania who have refused its offers of compensation for building the proposed natural gas pipeline on their property.

Court documents were filed in both states on Tuesday, asking the courts to allow the company to immediately take possession of the rights of way where the pipeline would be built on individual properties.

 The company also asked the court to approve the presence of federal marshals to “enforce the Court’s injunction” and to prevent landowners and their supporters from impeding construction.

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