Bankrupt Norse Energy Corp. has followed through on its threat to sue Gov. Andrew Cuomo, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens and Health Commissioner Nirav Shah in hopes of, as its trustee Tom West says, “compel” the administration into making a decision on whether to allow fracking in the Marcellus Shale.

This move follows comments by Shah and Cuomo during yesterday’s Red Room cabinet meeting that made it clear the Cuomo administration feels no urgency in speeding up the review process, despite the fact that it has dragged on for more than five years.

“This open-ended timetable and lack of transparency is an abuse of power and nothing more than a sham excuse for political delay,” West said. “The decision to delay the development of our indigenous natural gas resources will go down in history as one of the great economic blunders of all times.”

“…Since this litigation was announced, Landowners have contacted me to thank me for bringing this action, complaining that they have lost their farms and their lives have been ruined as a result of the inability to participate in the shale revolution.”

The case is returnable on Jan. 24 in Albany County Supreme Court. The court papers were filed this afternoon and will be served tomorrow. Below is the memorandum of law related to the case.

Memorandum of law for Norse Energy lawsuit vs Cuomo admin over fracking decision delay. by liz_benjamin6490