The Sisters of Loretto, a Catholic order of nuns founded in Kentucky, is speaking out against fracking. The group successfully prevented the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline from running through their property, which has belonged to the order since 1824, when they blocked surveyors from entering earlier this year.
Sister Mary Boesen, of the El Paso, Texas branch of the Sisters of Loretto, told Al Jazeera their fight goes beyond the convent's borders:
“It’s not just about us, it’s about our neighbors and the thousands of other people who would be affected,” Boesen said. “It’s part of our values – justice and peace – because that’s what the Gospel calls us to. This is a justice issue.”
Al Jazeera reports the proposed pipeline would cover about 500 miles and connect to an existing pipeline in Breckinridge County, Ky. The line is being built by Williams Co. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners of Houston.
Last month, Climate Desk did a video profile on the Sisters of Loretto:
The nuns anti-fracking efforts have been joined by another religious order, reports the The Morning Call:
The order is not alone in refusing to allow the pipeline company to survey its property. The monks at the famed Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Ky., also have refused to let surveyors on their property.
The Morning Call also reports that the Kentucky Senate passed a resolution calling for a Public Service Commission review of the proposal and for respect for property rights, urging developers to avoid eminent domain.