Less than a year after his departure, the energy titan has started another company. It has been raising money like gangbusters and is investing heavily in the Utica Shale formation in Ohio.
investment site The Motley Fool wants to know who keeps giving
McClendon money. Fool contributor Tyler Crowe said McClendons American
Energy Partners, which has not yet gone public, has nonetheless raised
almost $3 billion. It has spent hundreds of millions in the Utica play
to gobble up acreage and has been paying a premium.
all, AEP has about 260,000 acres in the Utica, including 74,000 acres
it purchased from Hess Corp. for $924 million. The company pays well
above what others pay for acreage in that same area, the Fool reported.
But AEP said it plans to drill 1,600 oil and gas wells in the Utica play
over the next 10 years.
McClendon may be on to something, the Motley Fool suggested investors
instead lean toward Magnum Hunter Resources or Gulfport Energy as a
safer bet to invest their Utica dollars.