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Catholic Nuns Sue Pipeline Company, Citing Religious Freedoms and Fight Against Climate Change

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Susan Phillips
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WHYY
Sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ outside the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. (From left) Sr. Helene Trueitt, Sr. Sara Dwyer, Sr. Joan Hornick, Sr. Dani Brought, and Sr. Janet McCann.

A group of Catholic nuns say a natural gas pipeline running through their Lancaster County property tramples on their religious beliefs and commitment to fighting climate change.

WHYY StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips reports the group argued their case before the federal appeals court in Philadelphia on Thursday.

(Original air-date: 9/17/22)

Susan Phillips tells stories about the consequences of political decisions on people's every day lives. She has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Susan's coverage of the 2008 Presidential election resulted in a story on the front page of the New York Times. In 2010 she traveled to Haiti to cover the earthquake. That same year she produced an award-winning series on Pennsylvania's natural gas rush called "The Shale Game." Along with her reporting partner Scott Detrow, she won the 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for her work covering natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. She has also won several Edward R. Murrow awards for her work with StateImpact. She recently returned from a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, she earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.