In Adorers of the Blood of Christ v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, (ED PA, Sept. 28, 2017), a Pennsylvania federal district court dismissed for lack of jurisdiction a RFRA challenge by a Catholic order of nuns to the construction and operation of the Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline through land owned by the order.  The nuns say their religious beliefs require them to protect and preserve creation.  The court held that the Natural Gas Act sets out a procedure for challenging a FERC grant of a certificate to build an interstate pipeline.  Plaintiffs here did not follow those procedures which require first that challengers request a rehearing from the agency, and then review by the Court of Appeals.  The court concluded that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not supersede the exclusive jurisdiction provision of the Natural Gas Act. Lancaster Online reports on the decision. (See prior related posting.)



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