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Fracking Entrepreneur Aubrey McClendon Was Pressured by Antitrust Indictment on the Day Before Fatal Car Crash



(p. C2) Mr. McClendon, who co-founded Chesapeake Energy Corp. in 1989 and was a key figure in the shale boom that has upended global energy markets, was ousted from the energy company in 2013 over corporate-governance issues. He spent the three years after leaving Chesapeake building a new energy empire, raising more than $15 billion from investors, including major financial firms, to finance his comeback. But in 2014, oil prices plunged and natural-gas prices languished in a glut partly of his making, pressuring several of his new energy companies and making it more difficult for him to raise cash.


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Exacerbating the pressure on Mr. McClendon was a federal antitrust investigation that culminated in his indictment the day before he died, on a single count of conspiring to rig oil-and-gas leases. Mr. McClendon vowed to fight the felony charge; local authorities later ruled they found no evidence of suicide.



For the full story, see:

RYAN DEZEMBER and KEVIN HELLIKER. "Oil Man Delivers for Heirs." The Wall Street Journal (Weds., Aug. 31, 2016): C1-C2.

(Note: ellipsis added.)

(Note: the online version of the story has the date Aug. 30, 2016, and has the title "Oil-Deal Score Helps Aubrey McClendon's Heirs Hang on to NBA's Thunder, for Now.")






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