Kentucky

From mountains to Frankfort, marchers focus on mining

FootPrints for Peace walk down Ky. 114 in Floyd County to protest mountaintop removal coal mining Feb. 3. The group plans to join the "I Love Mountains" rally today in Frankfort.
FootPrints for Peace walk down Ky. 114 in Floyd County to protest mountaintop removal coal mining Feb. 3. The group plans to join the "I Love Mountains" rally today in Frankfort. Dori Hjalmarson | Staff

PRESTONSBURG — With hums and chanting, soft drums, a fluttering purple banner and breeze-chapped cheeks, about a dozen people walked Thursday along Ky. 114 in Floyd County, starting an 11-day trek to Frankfort to protest mountaintop-removal coal mining.

The non-violent protest group FootPrints for Peace had toured reclaimed coal-mine sites with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth members. They have walked to Frankfort for previous "I Love Mountains" rallies, but this is the first year they started in the mountains, organizer Larry Crane said.

He said the group wanted to get a feel for the lives and culture affected by coal mining. The group is hosted along the trek by churches and other friendly groups. Crane said in the first 10 miles of the walk they received quite a few honks, mostly shouts of support, but some of anger.

"The process of mountaintop removal enriches the corporations, not the local workers," Crane said.

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