In conservative Lancaster County, Pennsylvania local farmers and community members never thought they would be on the opposing side of a natural gas pipeline. But one gas company’s use of eminent domain to forcibly take land from local residents made them take a stand.
Now, they are leading a campaign unfolding in the heart of rural America to stop the fracked-gas Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. With pipeline construction slated to begin this summer, they’ve built a platformed wooden structure directly in the path of the pipeline and launched a Standing Rock-style encampment on a local Amish family’s farm.
This is the story of how one community, standing up against seemingly insurmountable odds, has ignited a grassroots groundswell to save their farms, rivers, and homes. And they just might win.
Photo (top): Lancaster landowner Mark Clatterbuck. Credit: Public Herold/Flickr.