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Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corp. v. Gault

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
198 F.2d 196 (4th Cir. 1952)


Facts

Gault and others (plaintiffs) owned residences in Maryland. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation (Transcontinental) (defendant) built a compressor gas station near the plaintiffs’ homes. The station was approved by the Federal Power Commission and was necessary for the transmission of natural gas across the country. The plaintiffs brought suit for an injunction against Transcontinental, alleging that the noise and vibration from the gas station constituted a public nuisance. The district court found in favor of the plaintiffs, granting an injunction on two conditions: (1) the injunction must be delayed to give Transcontinental time to make changes to the station that would reduce the noise and vibration; and (2) if Transcontinental determined by a certain date that it could not reasonably ameliorate the noise and vibration, Transcontinental could request that the court consider different relief for the plaintiffs upon agreement with the determination, including pecuniary damages. Transcontinental appealed.

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