By Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Ute Indian Tribe in Utah is joining four states and petroleum industry groups in a lawsuit that seeks to block new federal rules for hydraulic fracturing and other petroleum industry practices on federal land.

A federal judge on Tuesday allowed the tribe to join Colorado, North Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and industry groups in the suit against the U.S. Interior Department.

The states and industry groups say the rules, which include requirements to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, are needlessly onerous.

The Ute Tribe says in a statement that the rules infringe on the tribe’s sovereignty over its land and will limit economic development opportunities for the tribe.

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