Today, The West Firm took an important step to force New York State to issue final standards for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. By order of the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York in the Norse Energy Chapter 7 liquidation proceedings, The West Firm was authorized to represent the Bankruptcy Trustee in litigation to compel finalization of the long-overdue Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement ("SGEIS"). The SGEIS is a prerequisite to developing indigenous shale resources in New York State for the benefit of landowners, operators and all New Yorkers who will benefit from this clean burning, low-cost energy source. As the first step in the process, The West Firm issued a demand letter to Commissioner Martens today, demanding finalization of the SGEIS. A copy of the demand letter can be found at the link set forth below. This demand letter identifies the compelling legal reasons why New York State must finish this process that has been ongoing for 5 1/2 years. Simply put, New York State is duty-bound to promote the development of its indigenous natural gas resources, protect the correlative rights of the landowners who will benefit from the development of their mineral rights and complete the SGEIS process in a timely and orderly manner. Tom West, the founding partner of The West Firm said: "This process has been going on far too long. It is time for Governor Cuomo, Commissioner Martens and Commissioner Shah to bring an end to the political dillydallying and fulfill their legal obligations to all New Yorkers. The standards that have been established through the several drafts of the SGEIS will be the highest environmental standards anyplace in the world and drilling should move forward under these rigorous standards. The State Environmental Quality Review Act under which the SGEIS is being developed is intended as a tool for prompt, efficient and informed decision-making, not as an opportunity for political expediency." Under the demand letter, if Commissioner Martens does not respond within two weeks with a definitive schedule for finalization of the SGEIS in the very near future, litigation will ensue to allow the courts of the State to mandate that this process be brought to a conclusion.