Chesapeake Energy Corporation Provides Update on Its Oil and Natural Gas Hedging Positions
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OKLAHOMA CITY

Chesapeake Energy Corporation today provided an update on its oil and natural gas hedging positions. During the past month, the company has increased its hedging positions and has now hedged 71%, 36% and 22% of its anticipated 2006, 2007 and 2008 natural gas production through swaps at NYMEX prices of $9.43 per mmbtu, $9.85 per mmbtu and $9.10 per mmbtu, respectively. In total, the company has hedged approximately 721 bcf of natural gas during the next three years through swaps at an average NYMEX price of $9.49 per mmbtu.

In addition, Chesapeake has hedged 63%, 22% and 14% of its anticipated 2006, 2007 and 2008 oil production through swaps at NYMEX prices of $61.02 per bbl, $62.42 per bbl and $65.48 per bbl, respectively. In total, the company has hedged approximately 7.665 million bbls of oil during the next three years through swaps at an average NYMEX price of $61.97 per bbl.

The following tables compare Chesapeake's hedged production volumes through swaps as of February 10, 2006 to those as of January 17, 2006:

                  Swap Positions as of February 10, 2006

                             Natural Gas                    Oil

  Quarter or Year    % Hedged       $ NYMEX        % Hedged     $ NYMEX

  2006 1Q               74%          $10.72           58%         $60.03
  2006 2Q               73%           $8.82           67%         $61.13
  2006 3Q               74%           $8.87           64%         $61.50
  2006 4Q               64%           $9.36           62%         $61.33
  2006 Total            71%           $9.43           63%         $61.02
  2007                  36%           $9.85           22%         $62.42
  2008                  22%           $9.10           14%         $65.48


                  Swap Positions as of January 17, 2006

                             Natural Gas                    Oil

  Quarter or Year    % Hedged       $ NYMEX        % Hedged     $ NYMEX

  2006 1Q               74%          $10.72           58%         $60.03
  2006 2Q               57%           $8.71           60%         $60.27
  2006 3Q               56%           $8.72           57%         $60.56
  2006 4Q               46%           $9.01           55%         $60.30
  2006 Total            58%           $9.38           57%         $60.29
  2007                  23%           $9.72           15%         $59.79
  2008                  13%           $8.82            7%         $63.94

Depending on changes in oil and natural gas futures markets and management's view of underlying oil and natural gas supply and demand trends, Chesapeake may either increase or decrease its hedging positions at any time in the future without notice.

Management Comment

Aubrey K. McClendon, Chesapeake's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Today's update of Chesapeake's attractive hedging positions is further evidence that the company continues to take advantage of oil and natural gas price volatility to lock in very attractive returns on the capital it invests in both acquisitions and drilling. The hedging positions that Chesapeake has entered into for 2006, 2007 and 2008 have a current positive mark-to-market value of approximately $725 million. In addition, the mark-to-market liability of the hedges assumed in the CNR acquisition have declined by almost $100 million since the date of acquisition on November 14, 2005. We look forward to reporting our fourth quarter and full-year 2005 results on February 23, 2006."

Chesapeake Energy Corporation is the second largest independent producer of natural gas in the U.S. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company's operations are focused on exploratory and developmental drilling and corporate and property acquisitions in the Mid-Continent, Permian Basin, South Texas, Texas Gulf Coast, Barnett Shale, Ark-La-Tex and Appalachian Basin regions of the United States. The company's Internet address is http://www.chkenergy.com/.

SOURCE: Chesapeake Energy Corporation

CONTACT: Investor Contact: Jeffrey L. Mobley, CFA, Vice President -
Investor Relations and Research, +1-405-767-4763, jmobley@chkenergy.com; or
Media Contact: Thomas S. Price, Jr., Senior Vice President - Corporate
Development, +1-405-879-9257, tprice@chkenergy.com