A lawsuit looking to overturn the approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion is facing a delay.
Lawyer Jason Gratl says the hearing that was supposed to happen today was extended to May 3.
His clients Democracy Watch and PIPE UP allege hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations to the Liberal party tainted the province’s decision over the pipeline.
He says the groups are filing the claim after the province made a decision they say may not have been above board.
“The decision could be seen to be biased consciously or unconsciously by the flow of money.”
He says the process brought up questions about how the province’s choice was made.
“You can’t be both the recipient of cash and the decision maker on important decision dealing with the people from whom you received that cash. That’s not permitted in law.”
Premier Christy Clark, Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman are named in the suit, and Gratl says all three are supposed to file responses by the end of the month.
He went on to say the timing of the delay has nothing to do with the election – the case was filed right after the province approved the pipeline expansion in January.