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Chesapeake, Encana set to answer antitrust charges in Michigan

  • Chesapeake Energy (CHK -0.4%) and Encana (ECA -1.3%) appear before a Michigan judge today to answer allegations they criminally conspired to lower land leases in the state.
  • Collaboration between the two companies may have caused lease prices to plummet from $1,510/acre at a May 2010 auction to less than $40/acre at an auction conducted five months later, according to the Michigan AG.
  • ECA has expanded its presence in the region’s Collingwood shale formation, controlling ~429K acres by the end of 2012, while CHK withdrew from the area after investing $400M.
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    So (CHK) stopped buying it all together so sounds like they DID NOT want it so how did they do wrong by NOT BIDDING up land they DIDN'T want? note I SOLD my (ECA) this AM and will stay away from them till after all this is settled.
    19 Mar, 03:54 PM Reply Like
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