Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Supreme Court Review Denied In Nuns' Pipeline Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court today denied certiorari in Adorers of the Blood of Christ v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, (Docket No. 18-548, certiorari denied 2/192019) (Order List).  In the case, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed on procedural grounds a Religious Freedom Restoration Act challenge to FERC's approval of a pipeline project. The natural gas pipeline at issue runs through land owned by an order of Catholic nuns whose religious beliefs require them to preserve the earth. Developers were authorized to acquire land for the pipeline by eminent domain. (See prior posting.)