Law360 story mentions Saul Ewing attorneys involved in gas pipeline case
Partners Elizabeth Witmer and John Stoviak, along with associate Jennifer Beidel, are mentioned for their representation of Tennessee Gas in a story by Law360 about the company’s $400 million natural gas pipeline expansion surviving legal challenges from environmental groups.
Tennessee Gas, a unit of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, is building a 40-mile pipeline expansion connecting shale gas fields in northern Pennsylvania to several East Coast cities. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network and the Responsible Drilling Alliance sought to stop it through challenges in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit.
In early February 2013, a federal District judge rejected the environmental group’s attempt to get a Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board review of the pipeline permit. The judge ruled that only federal courts can review such cases. The next day, the D.C. Circuit rejected the environmental group’s request for a stay pending court review.
Tennessee Gas spokesman Richard Wheatley told Law360 that “the company was pleased with the Pennsylvania court decision ….. (and) is continuing to move forward with the project where it has received the required permits.”