Federal appeals court issues stay halting PennEast pipeline project

A federal appeals court has granted New Jersey a stay, halting construction of the PennEast natural gas pipeline while it resolves issues surrounding the company’s attempt to take property in which the state has an interest.

The Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order Tuesday in an appeal by several New Jersey state agencies that challenged the federal court’s jurisdiction to hear eminent domain actions by a private company. The agencies argued that such matters must be heard in state court.

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