Earlier this week, a rather important town hall meeting in East Palestine, Ohio ended in disappointment.
Residents had arrived in droves, hoping to get some real answers about what the federal government and Norfolk Southern were going to do about the ecological disaster caused by the burning of mass amounts of vinyl chloride after a train derailment.
The railroad company didn’t show out of fear for the “safety” of their people. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg didn’t show; who knows why? The Biden administration is denying federal assistance to residents for their own rather flimsy reasons.
In an effort to drive more attention to this horrible environmental catastrophe, Ohio lawmaker JD Vance has gone to the area to film the effects for himself.
Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, set the internet on fire after he released a video of what one political commentator called a “chemical rainbow” in Ohio creek water.
“There are dead worms and dead fish all throughout this water,” Vance said in the video as he stood next to Leslie Run Creek in East Palestine, Ohio.
“This is disgusting,” he said.
Vance then scraped the bottom of the creek bed with a stick, which appeared to show “chemicals coming out of the ground.”
Vance’s video was getting some powerful people’s attention.
Political commentators reacted to the video Thursday, warning Ohioans and the nation of chemical dangers.
Conservative activist Rogan O’Handley described the multicolored Ohio creek water as a “chemical rainbow.”
“This is people’s water supply we’re talking about and chemicals have been found hundreds of miles away,” O’Handley added.
The EPA has suggested that they are testing the area for any ill effects, but that it is safe for residents to return.
JD Vance’s video can be seen below.
Visited a local creek in East Palestine today. These waterways are still very polluted. It’s time for Norfolk Southern to finish the cleanup. Check this video out: pic.twitter.com/4lsHBmrMJj
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) February 16, 2023
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