COLUMBIA, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court has temporarily halted construction of a natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania.

LNP reports the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., stopped work on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline.

Environmental groups are asking for a comprehensive environmental review of the pipeline by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

A spokesman for pipeline builder Williams Partners says the company is assessing the impact of the temporary order.

Williams is preparing to run the pipeline through a cornfield owned by an order of nuns. The Adorers of the Blood of Christ have sued in federal court to stop the project. The suit was dismissed by a federal judge. That ruling is under appeal.

Gas from the pipeline will flow into the Transco Pipeline, which runs from New York to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Information from: LNP, http://lancasteronline.com