The corporate restructuring that began earlier this month at Chesapeake Energy has already led to layoffs among the company's West Virginia public relations staff.
Multiple sources have confirmed to the Daily Mail that at least four members of the company's West Virginia community outreach group were laid off Aug. 14.
They include Phil Pfister (of World's Strongest Man fame), Jacque Bland and Scott Rotruck, who worked out of the firm's Morgantown office.
Maribeth Anderson, who also does government relations and lobbyist work for the company, was one of the survivors of the recent round of layoffs. She is now apparently one of the company's few, if only, remaining public relations contacts in the state.
Anderson did not return requests for comment about the restructuring this week.
The layoffs follow an executive-level shakeup that began in early August.
During an Aug. 1 earnings conference call, new Chesapeake chief executive Doug Lawler, who joined the company from Anadarko Petroleum in June, said he was preparing to execute a strategy that would help Chesapeake become a "more focused and efficient" company.
"Chesapeake is at a key juncture in its history, and we have a laser focus on positioning the company to execute more competitively," Lawler said at the time.
Eleven days later, Lawler shook up the company's executive suite.
Four executives who served as top lieutenants to former CEO Aubrey McClendon -- including chief operating officer Steve Dixon, senior vice president Steve Miller, executive vice president Jeff Fisher and head of human resources Martha Burger -- were out as of Aug. 12, according to the Wall Street Journal.