Two anti-pipeline groups are asking the B.C. Supreme Court to overturn the province’s approval of the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion. The groups allege a conflict of interest between Premier Christy Clark and the companies pushing for the pipeline’s approval.
Democracy Watch and PIPE UP Network have applied for a judicial review of the approval granted to the $6.8-billion Kinder Morgan Canada project. Court documents filed by the two groups say the approval process is tainted by $560,000 in donations over six years to B.C.’s Liberal party by Kinder Morgan and oil shippers hoping to use the line.
The application also makes reference to $300,000 the premier received while leader of the B.C. Liberals. Clark recently announced she would no longer accept the $50,000 per year stipend from the party.
In their petition, the two advocacy groups maintain any reasonable, informed and thoughtful person could not help but conclude that the government would have at least been subconsciously affected by the financial contributions.
The allegations have not been proven in court. Neither Clark, nor her environment and natural gas minister, who were also named in the lawsuit, were available for comment.