NEW YORK (Reuters) – As chairman and CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp, Aubrey McClendon has been a powerhouse in the vast U.S. natural gas market, directing the company’s multibillion dollar energy-trading operation and setting output targets for America’s second-largest producer.
Behind the scenes, a Reuters investigation has found, McClendon also ran a lucrative business on the side: a $200 million hedge fund that traded in the same commodities Chesapeake produces.
NEW YORK, April 25 (Reuters) – More than 60 residents were
evacuated from their homes near a Chesapeake Energy-operated
well that leaked natural gas and drilling mud in
Wyoming, the company said on Wed nesday.
Chesapeake lost control of the well late on Tuesday while
installing a casing, which triggered the leak, the company said
in a statement. It wasn’t clear how much gas or fluid escaped
the well. Local TV reports said the sound of natural gas rushing
from the ground could be heard miles away.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sixty-seven residents have evacuated their homes near a well that had a blowout and leak of natural gas and drilling mud near Douglas, Wyoming, Chesapeake Energy said on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Chesapeake lost control of the well while installing a steel casing, setting off a leak of both natural gas and oil-based drilling mud, the company said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Gasoline prices fell for the first time in 11 weeks, government data showed on Monday, retreating slightly from near the $4-a-gallon level that has made fuel costs a biting economic issue during an election year.
On average, U.S. pump prices declined to $3.939 per gallon, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said. They were down less than a penny, after finishing the week to April 2 at an average $3.941 per gallon.
WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) – U.S. gasoline prices fell
for the first time in 11 weeks, government data showed o n
M onday, retreating slightly from near the $4-a-gallon level that
has made fuel costs a biting economic issue during an election
On average, U.S. pump prices declined to $3.939 per gallon,
the U.S. Energy Information Administration said. They were down
less than a penny, after finishing the week to April 2 at an
average $3.941 per gallon.
By Joshua Schneyer and Barani Krishnan
(Reuters) – BlueGold Capital, an oil-focused fund that made headlines in 2008 by calling the peak of the market, is liquidating after four years of trading — the last of which put it at the bottom of commodity hedge fund rankings.
BlueGold is conducting an “orderly closure” of its business and expects to return about 98 percent of investor capital before the end of the year, the London-based fund said in a letter to investors on Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A judge in Campos, Brazil, could shift the criminal charges filed against Chevron and drill-rig operator Transocean to Rio de Janeiro, a decision that would remove a crusading prosecutor from the case.
Eduardo Santos de Oliveira, a federal prosecutor based in Campos, in Rio de Janeiro’s interior, told Reuters on Friday a jurisdictional review is under way, which could delay any formal criminal indictment of the firms and their employees for weeks.
RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Brazilian federal prosecutor filed criminal charges on Wednesday against Chevron and drill-rig operator Transocean for a November oil spill, raising the stakes in a legal saga that has added to Chevron’s woes in Latin America and could slow Brazil’s offshore oil boom.
Prosecutor Eduardo Santos de Oliveira also filed criminal charges against 17 local executives and employees at Chevron and Transocean, owner of the world’s largest oil rig fleet. Among the defendants is George Buck, 46, a U.S. national in charge of Chevron’s operations in Brazil, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – When federal prosecutor Eduardo Santos de Oliveira heard in November about an oil spill in a Chevron field off Brazil’s coast, he was determined that, this time, the polluters wouldn’t wiggle from his grip.
Time and again over the past decade, targets of his civil and criminal cases have used Brazil’s legal system — with its generous appeals process and rampant delays — to avoid penalties or escape justice, Oliveira told Reuters in two recent interviews. Undeterred, he is now in another major battle.
RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chevron (CVX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the No. 2 oil company, said on Wednesday that oil from a new seabed seep at its Brazilian offshore field is chemically different to crude from a November spill, suggesting the two leaks are unrelated.
Oil from a seep found this month 3 km (1.9 miles) from Chevron’s November seafloor leak — which spilled at least 2,400 barrels and triggered an $11 billion civil lawsuit and pending criminal charges — is “much heavier” and has different chemical properties from crude in the earlier spill, Chevron told Reuters.