Southern Utes Challenge Fracking Law

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior, challenging the Bureau of Land Management's new hydraulic fracturing rule.

The rule requires a federal permit on public and tribal lands, in addition to the state permits already required.

According to the Durango Herald, the tribes say they have authority over their own land.

The rule, which is set to go into effect Wednesday, also is the subject of lawsuits filed earlier this month, including a joint suit by the states of Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota.

Hydraulic fracturing is a technique used by the energy industry to extract oil and gas from rock by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals.