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Chesapeake Energy Files Chapter 11

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Chesapeake Energy Files for Chapter 11

Finding difficulties in dealing with its now $10 billion in debt, fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy  has announced it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Oklahoma City, OK-based company — whose founder and CEO Aubrey McClendon was instrumental in bringing the Seattle Supersonics NBA franchise to OK City, which founded the Thunder — was founded in 1989 and taken public in 1993.

Chesapeake was largely considered at the forefront of the at-the-time unconventional hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) industry, which used immense pressure underground to unlock massive natural gas reserves. The company’s stock hits its apex in late June 2008, when its share price skyrocketed to $12,818 amid all-time high worldwide energy prices.

In the spring of 2016, one day after he had been indicted by a grand jury for rigging bids for oil and gas leases, McClendon died in a single-car crash in OK City. Since that time, Chesapeake has been on a slow but persistent drift downward. Its share price, now at $11.85, is down 97% over the past year. For more on this story, click here.

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