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In 2007, a landman came calling at Mike and Velda Ward's 110-acre golf course in Delphi Falls.

Their wide open acreage right at the northern edge of the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation made the Wards' land a prime target for drilling.

But Ward turned the lease down, and told the sales guy "we don't want anything to do with it."

The landman turned to leave and said over his shoulder, "I'll get it anyway."

That was Ward's first brush with "compulsory integration."