U.S. court says PennEast can’t condemn state-owned property in New Jersey. What does it mean for Pennsylvania?

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CHRISTINA TATU / THE MORNING CALL – In a decision that could have implications for Pennsylvania landowners in the path of PennEast’s $1 billion natural gas pipeline, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday barred the company from using federal law to seize properties controlled by New Jersey.

New Jersey, which opposes construction of the 120-mile pipeline, did not consent to PennEast’s condemnation of 42 properties preserved by the state for farmland or open space.

The ruling reverses an earlier decision by a federal judge in New Jersey, who had ruled in favor of PennEast and granted the company access to the properties. A three-judge panel on Tuesday vacated that order …

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