Trustees for Norse Energy are making a last-ditch effort to force state environmental officials to declare a final end to the hydorfracking review process or be sued in state court.

Norse Energy announced in October it was filing for bankruptcy and shuttering its U.S. operations.

Late last month, trustees for the company announced through a court filing they were preparing to sue Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with his top health and environmental commissioners, in order to release the supplemental generic environmental impact statement, a document known as the SGEIS, detailing the risks of high-volume hydrofracking.

The letter, sent Monday to state Department of Environmental Conservation Commission Joe Martens by Albany attorney Tom West, asks the state to provide a timetable within two weeks of when the SGEIS will be released or a legal challenge will be filed in the “very near future.”

Norse had filed 27 applications for permits to use the high-volume fracking technique in the Marcellus Shale.

The letter says that because of the fate of those permits was put on hold as the state missed multiple deadlines to finish the regulatory process, the company was forced to declare bankruptcy. Because the company needs to value to its outstanding debts and assets during the liquidation process, it’s pushing for a final conclusion to the SGEIS process.

Hydrofracking for natural gas is seen by the energy industry a potential boon for the upstate economy, especially in the state’s Southern Tier.

In opposition is an organized environmental movement that has been particularly effective in staving off fracking permitting in New York.

The state Department of Health began a review of the health impacts of hydrofracking earlier this year, a process that has not been completed.

Cuomo has said he would make a decision on whether to permit high-volume hydrofracking before next year’s election in November.

20131202 Final Martens Demand Letter by Nick Reisman