Aubrey McClendon makes a comeback with Utica shale deals

|By:, SA News Editor

Aubrey McClendon is back with a vengeance in Ohio's Utica shale: His new American Energy Partners reportedly put up the high bid for 50K acres offered by Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), and also is believed to have acquired 22K Utica acres from EnerVest (EOSOF.PK), one of Chesapeake’s (CHK) partners in Ohio.

McClendon may be able to reassemble much of his old team; this week, CHK announced the immediate departures of four execs including operating chief Steve Dixon, while longtime general counsel Henry Hood and public affairs chief Tom Price left in May.