Case Details

Year Initiated/Committed


Year Resolved


Lead State


Participating States


Encana Corporation; Encana Oil & Gas USA Inc.


one count of antitrust violation (contract or conspiracy in restraint of commerce); one count attempted antitrust violation

Sentence Imposed


Case Description

Encana and Chesapeake Energy Corp. allegedly collaborated to avoid bidding against each other in Michigan public auctions for oil and gas leases.. the price of the leases fell from $1510 per acre to less than $40 an acre in six months. Encana entered into a settlement and entered a no contest plea to criminal attempted antitrust violation, a misdemeanor, with an 11-month delayed sentence. If Encana abides by the terms of the plea agreement, the criminal case will be dismissed after 11 months. Encana also agreed to pay $5 million civil settlement ($2.5 million to the Dept. of Natural Resources, $2.5 million to the state’s antitrust activities. The company also entered into a 4-year corporate Integrity Agreement.