Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle says personal checks for $70,000 a month will change his life. Bank worker Linda Whatley says her "retirement horizon has gotten shorter." These are just two people who've cashed in on what could be the biggest natural-gas deposit in the continental US. The Chesapeake and Petrohawk Energy corporations are spreading money all over a part of Louisiana that hasn't had a break since the oil boom went bust some 25 years ago. Adam Nossiter is a national correspondent for the New York Times.