Kalt said the group agreed to the condition, as well as submitting questions in writing in order to have the meeting. Nor were her group or the city allowed to present any alternatives.
But she said the answers given at the April 18 meeting were not satisfying.
"They were totally vague, totally dodged the questions or didn't even answer the questions," Kalt told Davidson. "I heard a lot of, 'That answer will be provided in the draft EIS [environmental impact statement].'"
UDOT spokesman Nile Easton said he informed the West Davis team by email that it could not exclude the media from a meeting with the activists. He said it went against UDOT's policy on openness.
"Any time we meet with the public in a public meeting, our doors should be open to having media attend and observe," Easton said.
It's not the first time a government entity has tried to duck journalists. When the John Kuhni and Sons rendering plant was preparing to move from Provo's East Bay to Mills, the Juab County Planning Commission broke into small groups to tour the plant so reporters could not come along on the tour.