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Kentucky sisters, monks refuse land for natural gas pipeline

August 21, 2013

Two Kentucky religious communities--the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani and the Sisters of Loretto--have vowed not to give up some of their land for a proposed natural gas pipeline, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The energy companies that are involved in the pipeline project maintain that if necessary, they have the right to acquire the land by eminent domain.

Mother Jones reported that the sisters are now at the forefront of efforts to oppose the pipeline.


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Aug. 22, 2013 1:55 PM ET USA

    If the sisters do not want the pipeline then that is their right. The energy company threatening eminent domain should be ashamed. Also they should be challenged by every religious legal group around to counter sue. Realize the Supreme Court screwed up the idea of eminent domain for private use versus public use but there is still a good reason to fight this intrusion.

  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 21, 2013 7:14 PM ET USA

    I guess the sisters and Trappists don't care about jobs for the unemployed and the economy as long as they have "what makes Central Kentucky dear to us: the beauty of our landscape, ... and the general sense of security from unexpected disasters.” I guess the folks in Central Kentucky can just get by on food stamps and coal oil stoves in the winter. Its sad that they didn't even listen to the description of the project.