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Aubrey McClendon's new firm in dispute with Ohio coal company over businesses' names

Aubrey McClendon's new oil and gas venture, American Energy Partners LP, is locked in battle with an Ohio coal mining company over the use of the American Energy name. McClendon is the former chairman and CEO of Chesapeake Energy, who was ousted earlier this year.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: August 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm •  Published: August 30, 2013

American Energy Corp.-Century is owned by Murray Energy Corp., based in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Murray is the largest privately owned coal mining company in the United States with eight underground and surface mining operations, along with 40 subsidiary and support operations, according to its website.

McClendon did not immediately respond to an email about the lawsuit on Friday. Attempts to reach American Energy Partners' attorneys were unsuccessful on Friday.

McClendon founded American Energy Partners earlier this year after his ouster from Chesapeake Energy Corp.

American Energy Partners is based on the sixth floor of an office building at 301 NW 63 — just a few blocks from Chesapeake's main campus. Various media have reported American Energy Partners is buying up oil and gas leases in Ohio's Utica shale after securing a round of private equity funding.

McClendon has so far not spoken to the media about his plans for American Energy Partners, and has either declined to comment or not responded to The Oklahoman's requests for an interview.

Along with forming the shell companies American Energy-Utica, LLC and American Energy-Ohio, LLC, in Oklahoma, American Energy Partners has also registered the entities American Energy-Marcellus, LLC, American Energy-Anadarko, LLC, and American Energy Anadarko Holdings, LLC, according to the Oklahoma secretary of state's office.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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