March 2021, Vol. 248, No. 3

Editor's Notebook

PennEast’s Hail Mary Legal Challenge

By Michael Reed, Editor-in-Chief In what is being viewed as hopeful news from the Marcellus Shale region, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by PennEast Pipeline Company to a ruling that prevents the company from seizing land in New Jersey through eminent domain.  The high court will likely hear the arguments in April, which means there should be a ruling by late June. If built, the 36-inch, 116-mile (914-mm, 187-km) pipeline would carry as much as 1 Bcf/d (28 MMcm/d) of natural gas from northern Pennsylvania to New Jersey.   At issue before the Supreme Court is the power of eminent domain as laid out in a section of the U.S. Natural Gas Act, which P

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