The report of McClendon’s death today has sent a shockwave throughout the energy industry." See more at "Indicted Chesapeake co-founder Aubrey McClendon dead in fiery car crash," by Andrew W. Griffin, Red Dirt Report, March 2, 2016.
Chesapeake Energy, along with other Oklahoma companies, helped pioneer hydraulic fracturing in newly explored shale fields, but a glut of natural gas has spelled trouble for the company McClendon founded.
Last year, Chesapeake settled charges of antitrust, fraud and racketeering by agreeing to pay $25 million as compensation to landowners with leases. Source.
The crash occurred on North Midwest Blvd, between E. Memorial Rd. and NE 122nd. St. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Nearby is the quiet neighborhood with Blue Quail Drive (recall Justice Scalia was in Texas quail hunting) and Bobwhite Trail.
McClendon...owns a $12 million collection of antique maps that fill the walls of Chesapeake buildings.
"His collection of Oklahoma maps and nearby states would be the envy of the Library of Congress," said Graham Arader, the broker who helped him acquire it. McClendon once angered some shareholders by selling the maps to Chesapeake to meet a margin call; he subsequently agreed to buy them back. Source.
One of McClendon's businesses, POPS, was located right on Route 66. The soda pop bottle out front is 66 feet tall. The address is 660 OK-66, Arcadia, OK 73007.
Overall reports on Andrew McClendon's death have an intriguing covert but common "name game" theme.
"Chesapeake expanded into Haynesville, Fayetteville and Eagle Ford shale formations in Texas and the middle U.S." International Business Times.
"Aubrey McClendon, a natural gas industry titan who helped pioneer shale development in the United States,...Chesapeake remains one of the top shale gas producers in Pennsylvania, and its former CEO continued to be a well-known name in the industry....The coalition is based in North Fayette." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
North Fayette Township is a township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States.
Lafayette can thus be translated from the French as "the little enchantment," as well as "the little fairy." Joan of Arc, at the age of 8, danced around a "fay tree," a "fairy tree," some saying she saw fairies. Others tell that she heard voices, had visions, and was "enchanted." The name has a long history. Marshal of France Gilbert de La Fayette III, an ancestor of Marquis De Lafayette, led the army of Joan of Arc, in Orléans.
(Andrew W. Griffin reminds me that Karen Silkwood worked for the Kerr-McGee plutonium plant at Crescent, Oklahoma, and her car crash has been mysteriously linked to Kerr-McGee. The same name as Kerr in Aubrey Kerr McClendon.)
McClendon's surname reinforces this elfin notion. The meaning of the root name Mcclendon is the son of little Leannach, the small "cloaked or mantled one."