Judge orders Sunoco pipeline protesters off own property

HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) – A judge has ordered a Pennsylvania family to vacate some of its property that was seized by the company that wants to lay a $2.5 billion pipeline across it.

An attorney for the Gerhart family isn’t sure whether they’ll appeal Thursday’s order by Huntingdon County Judge George Zanic.

The family and their supporters have been camping out on the property to protest a right of way obtained by Sunoco Logistics.

The Gerharts are still waiting for the state Supreme Court to hear an appeal of Zanic’s earlier ruling letting Sunoco take 3.2 acres (1.3 hectares) of the family’s 27-acre (11-hectare) tract through eminent domain.

The family says the 350-mile (563-kilometer) Mariner East 2 pipeline that will carry propane, butane and ethane is dangerous and damages the environment.

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