Expert legal consultant and environmental champion Erin Brockovich visited the scene of the recent Norfolk-Southern train wreck in East Palestine, Ohio, when vinyl chloride and other highly toxic chemicals were discharged.
The governors of the two afflicted states, Ohio’s Republican Mike DeWine and Pennsylvania’s Democrat Joshua Shapiro have been conspicuous in the aftermath, where residents and local leaders have been begging for substantial aid from the federal government.
Brockovich reported on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that schools have locked drinking fountains and some private wells are padlocked in an apparent attempt to “gaslight” the people into thinking “nothing’s wrong” and that the water is safe to drink and the air is safe to breathe.
“Something serious is wrong out here, that much is evident. I’ve been lying on the floor for a while now. and it’s causing a lot of stress for them. Why? There is a lack of belief that their agencies or the administration are concerned about the plight of the communities “The words came from her mouth.
“So it is quite evident people are concerned and not being seen or heard,” said Brockovich, the advocate whose 1993 investigation into impacts from a groundwater poisoning near Barstow, California was depicted in a 2000 film starring Julia Roberts.
Brockovich claims that people’s first-hand experiences frequently conflict with official explanations, especially in regard to the safety of their community’s supply of fresh water. “I mean, really, we’re out here, and 44,000 fish just died? Yes, we’ve seen them.
Today, they were out aerating the creeks, and we saw them doing it. The wellheads have been closed, and they’re clearing out the place—what gives?” she said. Reports of fish kills, according to Brockovich, are the equivalent of the “canary in the coal mine” test done on miners decades ago to evaluate whether or not the air in mineshafts was safe to breathe.
“You’ve given the wrong message to the locals by telling them to consume the water. If you want to stay alive, you should not drink water. They don’t know if they’re safe or not, and it’s quite annoying “the woman declared.
“You can spend all day trying to convince me that everything is fine while I stubbornly refuse to listen. But now I understand what’s happening. There is no way you can gaslight me.”
Earlier in the week, former President Donald Trump flew in pallets of bottled water and cleaning supplies during a visit, and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who led the 9/11 recovery, met with East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway shortly before Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s visit.
During a recent tour of Ohio, DeWine, and U.S. EPA Administrator, Michael Regan stopped by homes to demonstrate that the state’s tap water is safe to drink.
Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano, R-Gettysburg, visited damaged regions across the border in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, and recorded footage of creekbeds he claimed gave off a chemical sheen and “butane scent” when lightly disturbed.
Earlier this week, Shapiro, who ran against and ultimately defeated Mastriano for governor in 2022, stated that a “criminal referral” had been filed in connection with the disaster that had also hit his state.
Thursday’s meeting in the area was sponsored by the State Senate’s Disaster Preparation Committee, co-chaired by Mastriano and Democrat Katie Muth of Royersford. Shaw, the executive vice president of Norfolk-Southern, had been invited to testify but did not show up.
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