Campbell: Closed oil-shale session fails open-government test

From The Salt Lake Tribune:

Colorado Common Cause has raised concerns about a meeting Uintah County officials organized in Vernal with state officials and Carbon and Duchesne county leaders along with officials from Wyoming and Colorado counties. Common Cause filed records requests with the counties and received 450 pages, many of them emails, some of which indicate industry lobbyists helped craft a resolution that the counties later passed.

In defense of the closed-door meeting, Uintah County Commissioner Mike McKee told The Salt Lake Tribune the meeting was legal under Utah’s Open Meetings Act because the law allows officials to keep out the public from "strategy sessions to discuss pending or reasonably imminent litigation."