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Efforts by envi­ron­men­tal­ists to block an inter­state nat­ural gas pipeline project in north­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia have been rejected by a fed­eral appeals court. The 2nd U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tues­day that fed­eral reg­u­la­tors prop­erly per­mit­ted the Marc 1 Hub line for Brad­ford, Sul­li­van, and Lycoming counties.

A group of res­i­dents, along with the Penn­syl­va­nia chap­ter of the Sierra Club, and a national envi­ron­men­tal law firm, joined together to oppose the 39-mile inter­state pipeline project. The Marc 1 Hub pipeline is named after the Mar­cel­lus Shale. It would con­nect three major inter­state pipelines that already haul gas from the Gulf Coast to the major east coast mar­kets of New York, New Jer­sey and Philadelphia.

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