Former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon is again preparing to tap Ohio's energy reserves, this time with his new oil and natural gas exploration firm, American Energy Partners, sources said. McClendon has set aside $1.2 billion in equity and debt financing for oil and gas drilling deals in the state's Utica Shale play. "He has access to data across the region and he chose to go here," said Wells Fargo Securities analyst David Tameron.

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