Elyse Gerhart took to the trees
in early February with an unknown number of others facing similarly
offensive corporate actions, after the unironically monikered Department
of Environmental Protection granted permits for Sunoco to begin
construction of Mariner East 2.
As the Gerharts’ attempt to stave off
the corporo-government’s eminent domain seizure of private property
winds its way through courts, Judge Zanic’s order effectively quashes
any remnants of effective protest the landowners had at their disposal —
rendering moot their objections in favor of Sunoco’s plans to complete
its pipeline until court proceedings play out.