PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled against a gas company that's seeking to build a pipeline through parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The ruling reverses an earlier decision by a federal judge in New Jersey.

The three-judge panel wrote Tuesday that PennEast can't use eminent domain to acquire 42 properties preserved by the state for farmland or open space.

The court said the company can still pursue a solution by having the federal government acquire the properties. PennEast has argued that currently isn't allowed under federal law.

The proposed 120-mile pipeline won federal regulatory approval last year, but the state has sought to block it.

PennEast says the project will bring jobs and needed natural gas to the region. Opponents say it will harm the environment and isn't needed.

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