American Energy Partners – Lots of Smoke, Any Fire?

MDN previously highlighted news from a relatively new company called American Energy Partners, Inc., based in Allentown, PA, and their subsidiary company Gilbert Oil & Gas (see our AEP stories here). The name is always jarring when we see it, because Aubrey McClendon’s second act after getting ejected from Chesapeake Energy was to found and run a company called American Energy Partners. However, Aubrey’s company was an LLC, and this one is an Inc.–same name but different forms of business entity. Still, we wonder how AEP Inc. has been able to avoid getting sued by the McClendon estate over their use of the name. But we digress. Thus far we’ve seen a lot of press releases (i.e. “smoke”) from AEP. Who are these guys and are they a serious company? Has there been any “fire” to accompany the smoke? We have to say yes, they are serious and yes, there has been at least some red embers burning. In October we reported that AEP’s drilling subsidiary Gilbert Oil & Gas had closed on a deal giving them 12 wells and 1,100 Marcellus acres in Washington County, PA (see American Energy Closes on “Tier I” Assets – Exclusive Details). Hey, it’s a beginning! The company is small and young, but with a determined team. Recently AEP added a new member to the team (a graduate of West Point AND the U.S. Army War College, as well as being a former PA State Senator) as Chief Strategy Officer. Here’s more information about AEP, a company to keep an eye on in 2018…

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