|KFTC Canary Fellow Teri Blanton on far right
February 2013 I Love Mountains Day in Kentucky
A brother dying in a mining accident, a father suffering from black lung, and intimidation from coal truck operators when she dared to complain about coal mucking up the road where her children caught the school bus — still haven’t diminished Teri Blanton’s love for Kentucky. The woman who grew up watching local streams run from clear to orange to even worse still declares her love for the home state she wants to protect from mountaintop removal mining. She’s aware that many others have left the state for better opportunities or had their lives cut short.