This undated photo provided by Craig Stevens, shows Craig's father Lloyd Stevens. Before he died in 2007, Lloyd Stevens warned his son Craig not to sign a gas lease giving an energy company rights to ... more 
This undated photo provided by Craig Stevens, shows Craig's father Lloyd Stevens. Before he died in 2007, Lloyd Stevens warned his son Craig not to sign a gas lease giving an energy company rights to drill on their family's property. Recent technological advances have allowed drillers to reach and free gas in the area for the first time, creating a rush that is transforming sleepy villages into boomtowns and fattening landowners' bank accounts by billions of dollars. But the family is now confronted with a dilemma. Should they fight to keep Chesapeake Energy Corp. off the property? Or should they swallow their anger and try to persuade the company to make them an offer, one that would not only pay more than the small amount their grandmother had agreed to but include adequate protections for the place they held dear? less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Courtesy of Craig Stevens
Fri, Nov 26, 2010 12:23 AM EST