Utah Gov. Says State Will Join Suit To Block Fracking Rule

By Jacob Batchelor (May 19, 2015, 4:11 PM EDT) -- The governor of Utah said Thursday that the state will attempt to join three oil-rich neighbors in a landmark suit challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior's rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands. 

Utah governor Gary R. Herbert said in a statement Tuesday that the state will ask U.S. District Judge Kelly H. Rankin to intervene in the suit, saying the Bureau of Land Management's rule is "unnecessary and duplicative" and likely to interfere with existing state-by-state regulation.

If successful, Utah will join Wyoming, North Dakota and Colorado in protesting the rule.

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