The Federal government has failed the people of East Palestine and the surrounding communities after a massive environmental disaster in the area. Real America’s Voice went to the scene of the Feb. train derailment and explosion to interview the residents and get their side of the story.
The major takeaway of Real America’s Voice two day “Abandoned” event is that Americans need to keep their eye on politics right now and how the government is funded- and THIS is the perfect story about an out-of-control government (administrative state)- to understand:
This is the action item to keep in mind- before we get into the story Bookmark this and then lets deconstruct what our problem is with the government. Republicans need to do their jobs and hold the line on the looming government shutdown:
Here is what is happening:
While there in Ohio, Ben Bergquam, an investigative reporter examine the makeshift water filtration system the Massively well funded EPA had set up and what he found was a shocking silly system:
And now we find out that the Biden administration, after funding a foreign war in Ukraine and after bailing out rich elites from their bad banks- and after causing massive inflation- has decided to skip out of helping the people of Ohio:
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Norfolk Southern, in an attempt to hold the rail operator accountable for the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, last month.
ABC News is reporting that the civil lawsuit “seeks injunctive relief and monetary penalties from Norfolk Southern for the response costs to the Feb. 3 derailment.”
The DOJ alleges that Norfolk Southern violated the Clean Water Act by releasing pollutants and oil into a local waterway. Residents were evacuated from their homes for several days following the disaster along the Pennsylvania border.
The filing also shines a light on the actions of Norfolk Southern’s executive team, noting its top members earned approximately 80 percent of their compensation for performance metrics like growing revenue and reducing the expenses of its railroad subsidiaries, ABC reported.
As a result, the DOJ said that in recent years there has been “a stark contrast between the increases in operating income and the drop in railroad operating costs.”
“The drop in operating costs includes reductions in spending to repair, service, and maintain locomotives and freight cars, perform train inspections, and pay engine crews and train crews,” the lawsuit said.
The complaint goes on to provide further details about the crash itself, outlining why Norfolk Southern should be held liable for penalties. At last 11 of the 38 rail cars involved in the crash were carrying hazardous materials, including vinyl chloride, ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, ethylhexyl acrylate, butyl acrylate, isobutylene, and benzene residue.
Five additional rail cars were carrying oil.
The lawsuit notes that the EPA is continuing to conduct soil and air sampling around the site of the crash, ABC reported.
“The Ohio Department of National Resources has reported that thousands of aquatic animals were killed in the weeks since the crash in a five-mile span of waterway from the site of the derailment,” ABC reported.
The complaint also asked a judge to order Norfolk Southern to pay civil penalties of $64,618 per each day it violated the Clean Water Act and another $55,808 per day or $2,232 per barrel of oil or unit of hazardous substances spilled.
The DOJ also seeks an injunction ordering Norfolk Southern to take action to ensure it will safely transport oil and hazardous materials in the future, and continue to assist in efforts to mitigate the harm caused by the crash.
Norfolk Southern must respond to the suit in 21 days.
Reporter Benny Johnson on the highly partisan nature of Biden and his transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg choose who to help:
And we know that the people of East Palestine are not getting any of the benefits of their government, and they don’t care if the government shuts down. The question for everyone else is WHY should we care either?
Steve Bannon of the War Room asked that question:
Let’s face it- Joe Biden and the Democrats are just not that in to us.
Here is some of our previous coverage of the two-day event, and of the interviews there: