Many in the industry regarded Mr. McClendon as a visionary who saw that technology could unlock major deposits of oil and natural gas from dense rock formations across the U.S., known as shale rock. During his tenure at Chespeake between 1989 and 2013, he was one of the most aggressive buyers of land with shale rock from Texas to Pennsylvania.
MoneyBeat took a look back at the man who was a pioneer of the American shale boom.
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