Residents sue government in attempt to stop proposed gas pipeline
SPRINGFIELD — A group of Franklin County residents have sued the federal government, seeking an end to all permitting activities related to the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline, a declaration that an amendment to the 1938 Natural Gas Act is unconstitutional, and unspecified damages.
The plaintiffs own property that would be crossed by the pipeline, and say they would be harmed by the project through decreased property values, economic hardship, and emotional anguish.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Conway lawyer Cristobal Bonifaz, claims that a 2005 amendment to the federal Natural Gas Act violates the “just compensation” clause of the U.S. Constitution. The clause, which provides for the concept of eminent domain, stipulates that private property shall “not be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Read full article here…