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Special Report: Chesapeake and rival plotted to suppress land prices

An Encana production well for oil and natural gas is seen in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

An Encana production well for oil and natural gas is seen in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

An Encana production well for oil and natural gas is seen in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Law Professor Harry First is shown in this undated handout photo courtesy of the New York University School of Law. REUTERS/Juliana Thomas/NYU School of Law/Handout

Law Professor Harry First is shown in this undated handout photo courtesy of the New York University School of Law. REUTERS/Juliana Thomas/NYU School of Law/Handout

Law Professor Harry First is shown in this undated handout photo courtesy of the New York University School of Law. REUTERS/Juliana Thomas/NYU School of Law/Handout
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Northern Michigan farmer Walter Zarembe stands in one of his wheat fields in Antrim County, Warner Township, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Northern Michigan farmer Walter Zarembe stands in one of his wheat fields in Antrim County, Warner Township, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Northern Michigan farmer Walter Zarembe stands in one of his wheat fields in Antrim County, Warner Township, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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An Encana natural gas sign is seen near a production well in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

An Encana natural gas sign is seen near a production well in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

An Encana natural gas sign is seen near a production well in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Darren Bush, a professor at the University of Houston Bates School of Law, poses for a portrait in Houston, Texas, June 20, 2012. Bush is a former attorney in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Richard Carson

Darren Bush, a professor at the University of Houston Bates School of Law, poses for a portrait in Houston, Texas, June 20, 2012. Bush is a former attorney in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Richard...more

Darren Bush, a professor at the University of Houston Bates School of Law, poses for a portrait in Houston, Texas, June 20, 2012. Bush is a former attorney in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Richard Carson
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An Encana water separation station and oil pipeline are seen near a production well in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

An Encana water separation station and oil pipeline are seen near a production well in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

An Encana water separation station and oil pipeline are seen near a production well in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Chesapeake Energy Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon watches the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Los Angeles Lakers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in this May 16, 2012 file photo. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Steve Sisney/Files

Chesapeake Energy Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon watches the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Los Angeles Lakers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in this May 16, 2012 file photo. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Steve...more

Chesapeake Energy Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon watches the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Los Angeles Lakers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in this May 16, 2012 file photo. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Steve Sisney/Files
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Darren Bush, a professor at the University of Houston Bates School of Law, poses for a portrait in Houston, Texas, June 20, 2012. Bush is a former attorney in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Richard Carson

Darren Bush, a professor at the University of Houston Bates School of Law, poses for a portrait in Houston, Texas, June 20, 2012. Bush is a former attorney in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special...more

Darren Bush, a professor at the University of Houston Bates School of Law, poses for a portrait in Houston, Texas, June 20, 2012. Bush is a former attorney in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Richard Carson
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Darren Bush, a professor at the University of Houston Bates School of Law, poses for a portrait in Houston, Texas, June 20, 2012. Bush is a former attorney in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Richard Carson

Darren Bush, a professor at the University of Houston Bates School of Law, poses for a portrait in Houston, Texas, June 20, 2012. Bush is a former attorney in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special...more

Darren Bush, a professor at the University of Houston Bates School of Law, poses for a portrait in Houston, Texas, June 20, 2012. Bush is a former attorney in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Richard Carson
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A city boundary sign is seen in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A city boundary sign is seen in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A city boundary sign is seen in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Workers are seen at an Encana well site in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Workers are seen at an Encana well site in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Workers are seen at an Encana well site in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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A yellow underground Encana natural gas pipeline marker is seen along a road on state forest park land in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A yellow underground Encana natural gas pipeline marker is seen along a road on state forest park land in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A yellow underground Encana natural gas pipeline marker is seen along a road on state forest park land in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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An Encana production well for oil and natural gas is seen in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

An Encana production well for oil and natural gas is seen in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

An Encana production well for oil and natural gas is seen in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Northern Michigan farmer Walter Zarembe stands in one of his wheat fields in Antrim County, Warner Township, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Northern Michigan farmer Walter Zarembe stands in one of his wheat fields in Antrim County, Warner Township, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Northern Michigan farmer Walter Zarembe stands in one of his wheat fields in Antrim County, Warner Township, Michigan, June 20, 2012. Picture taken June 20, 2012. To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-LAND/DEALS REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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