Many questions still remain unanswered about the accident that occurred on February 3 in the small town of East Palestine, on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border.
The accident involved the derailment of a Norfolk Southern Railway train. The train, which had 150 cars, 20 of which contained hazardous materials such as chloroethene, derailed, causing several large explosions and, of course, fire in over 50 cars. The cars ‘spread’ poisonous toxic and dangerous chemicals into the land, air, and water of the area. Chloroethene, according to the United States’ National Cancer Institute, is associated with an increased risk of liver cancer and other cancers, while vinyl chloride, when burned, creates phosgene, which is a highly toxic substance.
For almost two days the event was very much – unnoticed. There was almost nothing in the media. But by the evening of February 5, when photos and videos began to appear on social media, everything came out.
The authorities asked the residents to evacuate the area and after a few days they were given the OK to return. However, there have been complaints that they found the Leslie Run River a mess and hundreds of dead fish. Others have mentioned dead chickens, dogs, and foxes, while many residents are experiencing severe headaches, sickness, and vomiting.
What did the company do? According to the New York Times, it gave $25,000 to the Red Cross to buy tents for residents
What did Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.’s government do? It was chasing… balloons in the skies of the United States.
What has the U.S. President himself been doing? In early December 2022, he signed a bill to prevent a strike by railroad workers unions. At the time he said that “with this bill we saved the country from disaster” – but he achieved the exact opposite. With this bill, Mr. Biden gave companies like Norfolk Southern the right to lay off thousands of railroad workers, despite strong safety concerns about understaffed trains.
With this bill Mr. Biden saved the railroad companies’ profits of $2 billion for each day of a strike, and on the other hand, without the fear of a strike, the companies can load the cars with more freight, can avoid maintaining the network, fire as many as they want, and force the rest to work grueling hours with low wages…
Again, with this bill, Mr. Biden gave companies like Norfolk Southern – which in 2020 reported a $10 billion profit – the right to not give raises, to lay off employees, and to not hire more people.
Indeed, there have been reports of other irregularities about this company, including putting pressure on Trump administration officials not seek pass legislation that would force companies to improve braking systems on the nation’s railroads.