On Wednesday, March 2, Aubrey McClendon, the American face of hydraulic fracking, drove his natural-gas powered Chevy Tahoe into a concrete overpass just outside Oklahoma City. He was 56.

In 2008, McClendon's personal wealth totalled about $3 billion.

Aubrey McClendon -- also known as the "Fracking Cowboy" -- learned that the U.S. Department of Justice had indicted him for allegedly conspiring to suppress land prices in Oklahoma by rigging bids while he was still CEO of Chesapeake Energy, the company he co-founded in 1989.

According to the Tahoe's black box data recorder, McClendon had the accelerator floored until 1.5 seconds before the crash. He didn't brake in the final 9 metres before impact. McClendon wasn't wearing a seat belt, police reported.

But it wouldn't have mattered. His Tahoe hit the overpass at 126 kilometres an hour( almost 80mph), the front end crumpled and it burst into a fireball. McClendon died instantly.

McClendon's life ended at 9 a.m. on a sunny morning, after what had been a very bad day for McClendon, who the U.S. business press had called the "Shale King" and "America's most reckless billionaire."

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leontrollski 3 years 25 weeks ago

Death of a Shalesman?

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zapdam 3 years 25 weeks ago

Very clever!!!

As for this son of a bitch who offed himself, i'd love to piss on his grave. Thanks to Bush/Cheney and guys like this 'Fracking Cowboy' , with over a million fracking wells drilled and the unknown poison with government blessing they have been allowed to pump into to the ground right next to our ground water, and environmental exemptions they've been given, we're eventually going to be forced to buy drinking water as this poison migrates and contaminates all our ground water, rivers lakes and creeks. What's worse, the poisoned ground water isn't even fit for use on livestock or crops. This gold rush of short term stupidity has doomed us all to a toxic wasteland bubbling up beneath our feet.

Instant-RunOff-... 3 years 25 weeks ago

Notable that the Sierra Club was being secretly financed from by Aubrey McClendon. A disgusted whistleblower in the Sierra Club leaked that they received $25 million from 2007 to 2010 to fund their anti-nuclear and anti-coal campaigns. With another $30 million to follow. This was largely through personal donations of the CEO of Chesapeake Energy, namely Aubrey McClendon. And of course, during that time Sierra Club supported natural gas as "a bridge fuel" while being vehemently opposed to nuclear & coal. With some solar & wind to greenwash the natural gas.

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