Witmer defends pipeline project against landowners disputes
Elizabeth Witmer, Chair of Saul Ewing’s Energy practice, is quoted in this article which explains how landowners along the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline route are challenging Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co.’s plan to proceed. The landowners are claiming that they were denied due process to appeal the plan, and that seizure of their land will cause hardships. Elizabeth argues that because the order has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the judge has no authority to challenge it.
Elizabeth acknowledged the impact on the community saying, “No one wants pipelines built on their land, but it is an inescapable fact that such facilities must be built somewhere.” Despite the human impact, Elizabeth insisted that the FERC order makes the decision final.
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