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Residents fight for their land against PennEast pipeline

The proposed PennEast pipeline is designed to carry natural gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to central New Jersey.

A consortium of energy companies wants to take some of the land it needs through eminent domain.

Some residents in Northampton County aren't letting that happen without a fight.

Ned and Linda Heindel said they've spent decades buying and preserving land in Williams Township and last week were served with a 180-page lawsuit from PennEast which wants to seize part of their property to complete a 120-mile pipeline.

"We inherited nothing. We worked for all the land and to see it wiped away for somebody else's profit is a little tough,” Linda said.

The Heindels and their neighbors have hired an eminent domain attorney to help fight PennEast.

Legal action is the latest step the gas company is taking to obtain land from uncooperative owners.

In a statement to 69 News, PennEast said:

“PennEast is continuing to work with many landowners to reach a fair agreement that compensates landowners for temporary and permanent impacts. Landowners are compensated fully for the use of a small portion of their property and retain ownership and use of their property. With the exception of building structures or planting trees atop the right of way, they can continue to use their property as they normally would, including for farming."


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