What is happening in northeast Ohio is absolutely terrifying.
But what’s more, is the federal government’s sheer absence in the aftermath, and the media’s complete disregard for covering the story.
If you haven’t heard by now, back on February 3, a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous materials derailed in this small Ohio town near the border of Pennsylvania, causing a mess of harmful chemicals, including vinyl chloride. State officials forced the evacuation of hundreds of the town’s 4,700 residents so that the company could intentionally burn some of the chemicals, to avoid a combustion explosion.
This is an environmental emergency. The air, water and soil have been dangerously contaminated, and yet only a few days after the burn, residents were told it was “safe” to return to their homes — and drink the water — after the EPA’s preliminary testing of the water and air in the evacuation zone deemed it not-dangerous. Oh – and in those few days, they also rebuilt the railroad over the contaminated soil, and trains are again running.
But the instructions to return home seem contradictory to what people on the ground are experiencing: dizziness, rashes breaking out on their skin, difficulty breathing and strong odors lingering in the town. And nature is echoing: over 3,500 dead fish have risen to the surface in the waterways around the crash site. Chickens and dogs are just up and dying overnight.
Clearly all is not “all clear.”
Even Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine, urged residents to drink bottled water.
And we, down in Cincinnati (280 miles away) — which is connected via the Ohio River to this crash site — have been warned that a plume of hazardous chemicals originating from East Palestine will flow by Cincinnati on the Ohio River on Friday…”but not enough to harm.”
But the most extraordinary thing about this is that for the first week of this disaster…there was little to no media coverage.
What was the country talking about instead?
The three mysterious “UFO balloons” that the government randomly decided to shoot down in one weekend…the same weekend this environmental disaster happened.
Look, I’m not one for conspiracy theories, and I am not suggesting that the UFO stint was to detract attention from this absolute nightmare in Ohio.
But what I am suggesting is that this is a terrible situation that is being handled dismally. The federal government has completely abandoned the people of East Palestine in the aftermath. Truly, where are they?
There is so much distrust in East Palestine right now, with new information coming out – seemingly by the news cycle – about new toxic chemicals that were also onboard the train that just happened to not be left out of the report. And particularly as more and more people are developing rashes, and animals are dying — there is so much fear: what are these chemicals going to do to us?
How bad is it really?
People want the straight answer, and they don’t feel that they’re getting it. People are angry. They’re feeling ignored by Biden’s administration. And Norfolk Southern didn’t even send a representative to the town hall meeting that East Palestine residents held earlier this week!
All I know is that it poured all day today, which can’t be good for the ground water and runoff situation. That, and I’ll be drinking bottled water for the near foreseeable future.
One thing is for certain here: and that is that the people of East Palestine — and all of Ohio and Pennsylvania really — need prayers for safety, courage and strength. That, and answers.
There is a lot of fear right now. And for the people of East Palestine, they are in a crisis. Their homes are in the middle of a chemical spill. Governor DeWine has demanded more support and testing from the EPA, but at the end of the day, I’m afraid the ramifications and seriousness of this disaster won’t be seen or experienced until further down the line.
And I just pray God’s protection over the health and wellbeing of those residents in harm’s way.
But the handling of this crisis has really made me upset. Why aren’t the climate activists in Washington throwing a conniption over the gallons and gallons of toxic chemicals that are now in our waterways, air and soil? Why aren’t they demanding, not only answers…but action!
The silence is deafening.
And it makes me wonder why.
I don’t know. I’m really not trying to stir the pot here, I’m just truly trying to make heads or tails of this.
And truthfully, I’m scared for my own safety and the safety of my family and loved ones here in Ohio — is our water safe to drink? Will our food supply be compromised in the spring?
Anyways. Pray for East Palestine. Pray for Ohio and Pennsylvania. May God’s hand of protection be over the heartland, and peace be felt in the hearts of all those who fear.
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