05/01/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Battlement Mesa Citizens Taking On Oil And Gas Industry

BATTLEMENT MESA, Colorado �" As in the cinematic fables of Rocky Balboa versus Apollo Creed, or the Mighty Ducks against the Hawks, the controversy over gas drilling here is a story of underdogs striving against big odds.

But instead of a boxing ring or a hockey arena, the confrontation here involves endless hours of meetings and community activism by a group of mostly elderly retired volunteers, set against the paid and experienced public relations staffs and engineers of a large energy company.

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