Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Cert. Filed By Catholic Order Objecting To Pipeline Approval

Last Friday, a petition for certiorari (full text) was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Adorers of the Blood of Christ v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, (cert. filed 10.19/2018).  In the case, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a challenge under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to FERC's approval of a pipeline project. The natural gas pipeline 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. Adorers of the Blood of Christ issued a press release announcing the filing of the petition for review.