SCOTUS Rules Natural Gas Company Has Right to Seize NJ Land for Pipeline...

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld the rights of a natural gas company to seize New Jersey state-owned land for the construction of a natural gas pipeline. Under the Natural Gas Act (NGA), properly permitted companies like PennEast Pipeline Company can condemn public lands under the federal government’s public domain au, the Court ruled.

A non-ideological coalition of justices joined Roberts in the 5-4 majority opinion: Bill Clinton-appointed Stephen Breyer, George W. Bush-appointed Samuel Alito, Barack Obama-appointed Sonia Sotomayor, and Donald Trump-appointed Brett Kavanaugh. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote a dissenting opinion, which Justice Clarence Thomas joined, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett wrote another dissenting opinion, which Justices Thomas, Gorsuch, and Elena Kagan joined.

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