A Huntingdon County judge ruled this week that a family camped out on its own property has to vacate the premises to allow construction to continue for the Mariner East 2 Pipeline.Ellen Gerheart and her husband have owned the property that is now partially taken over for construction of the pipeline for more than three decades. “When we bought it, it was a house with 48 acres, and we just fell in love with it,” she said.
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The Gerhearts, who graduated from Penn State, wanted to stay in Central Pennsylvania and live on a rural piece of land.
“We can wake up in the morning and hear the birds right away. We can fall asleep listening to the crickets and the frogs. You look out the front window and you might have a herd of deer in the front yard or a flock of turkeys,” Gerheart said.
Claiming eminent domain, Sunoco Logistics and Energy Transfer Partners have been legally permitted to work on the property, Gerheart said, cutting down trees and destroying wetlands in the process.
“To force that reality on people just feels very, very wrong,” Ellen’s daughter, Elise Gerheart, said in April.