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Special Report: Chesapeake, McClendon endure rocky year; more uncertainty ahead

Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and Co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corporation Aubrey McClendon walks through the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana in this file photo taken March 26, 2012. McClendon, 53, endured a trying year running the second-largest natural gas producer in the United States, Chesapeake Energy Corp. But as corporate, state and federal probes into McClendon and the company continue, 2013 isn’t looking much easier. REUTERS/Sean Gardner/Files

Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and Co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corporation Aubrey McClendon walks through the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana in this file photo taken March 26, 2012. McClendon, 53, endured a trying year running the...more

Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and Co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corporation Aubrey McClendon walks through the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana in this file photo taken March 26, 2012. McClendon, 53, endured a trying year running the second-largest natural gas producer in the United States, Chesapeake Energy Corp. But as corporate, state and federal probes into McClendon and the company continue, 2013 isn’t looking much easier. REUTERS/Sean Gardner/Files
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Chesapeake Energy Corporation's 50 acre campus is seen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 17, 2012. Aubrey McClendon, 53, endured a trying year running the second-largest natural gas producer in the United States, Chesapeake Energy Corp. But as corporate, state and federal probes into McClendon and the company continue, 2013 isn't looking much easier. REUTERS/Steve Sisney/Files

Chesapeake Energy Corporation's 50 acre campus is seen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 17, 2012. Aubrey McClendon, 53, endured a trying year running the second-largest natural gas producer in the United States, Chesapeake Energy Corp. But as...more

Chesapeake Energy Corporation's 50 acre campus is seen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 17, 2012. Aubrey McClendon, 53, endured a trying year running the second-largest natural gas producer in the United States, Chesapeake Energy Corp. But as corporate, state and federal probes into McClendon and the company continue, 2013 isn't looking much easier. REUTERS/Steve Sisney/Files
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An Encana production well for oil and natural gas is seen in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, in this photo taken June 20, 2012. As Chesapeake sought to acquire land in Michigan in 2010, it engaged in discussions with its rival, Canadian energy giant Encana Corp, emails reviewed by Reuters show. Authorities are investigating whether those discussions violated U.S. anti-trust laws. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

An Encana production well for oil and natural gas is seen in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, in this photo taken June 20, 2012. As Chesapeake sought to acquire land in Michigan in 2010, it engaged in discussions with its rival, Canadian...more

An Encana production well for oil and natural gas is seen in a state forest park in Kalkaska, Michigan, in this photo taken June 20, 2012. As Chesapeake sought to acquire land in Michigan in 2010, it engaged in discussions with its rival, Canadian energy giant Encana Corp, emails reviewed by Reuters show. Authorities are investigating whether those discussions violated U.S. anti-trust laws. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files
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