East Palestine Update

It’s not looking good. The local residents and officials want some answers, and are NOT getting them from the Feds.

Instead, the word is “Blame Trump!” – more of the same tired old song they have been singing since they took office.

The Trump decision to ease restrictions on brakes had NOTHING to do with this accident – it was a failure of the axle of the train. Furthermore, it appears that the workers ignored signs of problems for many miles before the derailment.

J. D. Vance, the newly elected Senator from Ohio, is all over this. It may be a cynical ploy for media attention, but it is fair to point out that Vance has long ties to the Ohio River region (nearer KY). He would be acutely aware of the need to keep the air and water clean, both for human health and safety, as well as maintaining a competitive edge in food production and industry.

For those who hadn’t seen earlier posts, the tri-state area just southeast of the accident (incidentally, where the wind patterns are sending those toxic fumes) is where the feeder waters merge into the Ohio River – which, in turn, flows into the Mississippi. Ineptitude and carelessness may have screwed up the waters that:

  • Provide fresh water to MOST of the agriculture of the Midwest.
  • Make the animal production in that region possible.
  • Ship much of the production of the Eastern-to-Midwestern part of the USA possible.
  • Provide a healthy tourist trade – scenic cruises, shipboard gambling, riverfront food and entertainment – for cities along the river’s route – Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Memphis, and New Orleans, just to mention a few.

There are other issues, but I wanted to keep this short. Why is this so important to me?

I have friends and family in this region. My dad grew up along the Ohio River valley. After the region began cleaning up the waters from the pollution of the early part of the 20th century, the economy and the quality of life also improved. This catastrophe could set them back decades.

This is not just an environmental disaster; it is a human tragedy, economic crisis, and national setback.

And, it imperils the river that is central to so much of the region. There is a reason that the state song (adopted in the year I graduated high school, 1969) is Beautiful Ohio. See the video below.



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    • mike fink on February 17, 2023 at 9:26 AM

    I have seen 2 different versions of the Smoke plume evidently generated at the NOAA website.  One has the plume extending to the northeast over most of PA, nearly all of NY state, Vermont, parts of NH, and across the ST. Laurence into wilderness central Quebec.
    The other aligns more with the “Southeasterly” direction mentioned here, SW PA,  most of W Va into the Blue Ridge area of Virginia.  I have not seen anything about it from “Official” sources.

    • Dan on February 17, 2023 at 11:29 AM

    It’s almost as if the mRNA poison jabs isn’t killing people fast enough to suit them.
    So they sabotage a train loaded with a long-term biologic poison in a spot where it can poison the most agriculturally productive part of the nation….for years.   Need to bottle this water now, take it to Mordor On The Potomac and make the politicians and bureaucrats drink it.   See how “safe” it is then.

    • John J on February 17, 2023 at 12:37 PM

    The Trump decision to ease restrictions on brakes had NOTHING to do with this accident – it was a failure of the axle of the train. 

    I seem to remember seeing a video of a CCTV security camera that had photographed the train as it passed showing the gearboxes on at least one of the cars had overheated and caught fire at least 20 MILES before the derailment occurred. Why it wasn’t detected is a mystery.

  1. No mystery. TPTB wanted it to fail. In a world with food and energy shortages, America was poised to reap the benefit from an intact farming/resource system. 
    Amazing how that “happened to occur”.

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