The Supreme Court said Monday it will settle a fight stemming from Vice President Dick Cheney's contacts with the energy industry as the Bush administration was drafting its energy policy.

The court agreed to hear an appeal from the administration, which is fighting a lawsuit over the allegedly cozy relationships between industry and the panel Cheney assembled.

The watchdog group Judicial Watch (searchand an environmental organization, the Sierra Club (search), had won permission from a lower court to gather records related to the energy task force.

The interest groups claim the task force's dealings should be open to the public.

The task force met for several months in 2001, and issued a report that favored opening more public lands to oil and gas drilling and proposes a wide range of other steps supported by industry.