By law, NC government meetings are open to the public.
But not the one next week in which high-level elected officials will be trying to shove offshore drilling down the throats of North Carolinians.
A high-level meeting scheduled in Raleigh next week for government officials to discuss offshore drilling will be off-limits to the public and to journalists.
As the closed-door meeting approaches, North Carolina environmental groups who hope to block offshore energy exploration are urging Gov. Pat McCrory to at least allow all stakeholders to attend and listen.
But no, says McSkvarla.
“The inclusion of special interest groups and industry would allow for the potential of the appearance of influence on permit application reviews currently underway by the Obama Administration,” wrote DENR Deputy Secretary and Energy Policy Advisor Don van der Vaart.
“Therefore, the joint decision was made to limit the invitation list to federal and state agencies and elected officials to avoid any potential for real or perceived conflicts of interest,” van der Vaart wrote.
I'm curious why the "joint decision" failed to take the law into account.