State settles case against Chesapeake Energy

Apr 24, 2015

Credit Bureau of Land Management

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Friday afternoon the state agreed to settle its case against Chesapeake Energy. The allegations stem from an auction for drilling leases on state land.

In May 2010, one auction brought in $178 million, an incredibly huge record.

The state alleges Chesapeake and another energy company, Calgary-based Encana Oil & Gas, then conspired not bid against each other at the next auction. Prices plummeted 97%.

Complaints that Chesapeake fraudulently canceled oil and gas leases with hundreds of private citizens were also settled. The company will pay $44 million in total.