New Report Shows SHOCKING Environmental Impact of East Palestine Chemical Catastrophe

On Thursday, a shocking new report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has shown the total destruction to the local environment brought by the East Palestine train derailment on February 3rd which led to the release of dangerous chemicals like vinyl chloride into the water supply and air.

According to the report, the number of wildlife killed by the release of chemicals is over 43,000.

“The final sample count of aquatic species killed in waterways impacted in the area totaled 2,938. Of this collected sample, most – nearly 2,200 – were small minnows,” the report provided by Director Mary Mertz began.

“Based on this sample count, ODNR used a calculation endorsed by the American Fisheries Society to estimate the total number of minnows killed in the entire 5-mile span of the waterway from the derailment site to the point where Bull Creek flows into the north fork of Little Beaver Creek,” it continued. “Of the estimate, 38,222 were minnows, ranging in size between 1 and 3 inches.”

“ODNR also estimated the total number of other aquatic life killed as a result of the derailment, including small fish, crayfish, amphibians, and macroinvertebrates,” the Ohio Department of Natural Resources explained. “This number is approximately 5,500.”

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According to the ODNR, none of the species that were impacted were endangered and the impact occurred within the first 24 hours following the train derailment and subsequent burning of chemicals in the first week of February.

Back when the ODRN first collected samples of local waterways, they estimated that only 3,500 aquatic animals had died as a result of the chemical contamination, as reported by Axios.

This estimate, however, has been completely overshadowed by the over 1100 percent increase in animal deaths from the disaster.

The disaster in East Palestine had drastic consequences for not only the residents there but the wildlife as well. One would think that climate-obsessed progressives would flock to the northeastern Ohio town to protest the environmental death toll, however, that wouldn’t suit their favored political candidates like Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.

It is unfortunate that this incident occurred and has had such a drastic impact, however, it is shameful that Buttigieg took 20 days to finally venture to the town to comfort residents and assess the damage. The most recent report on the impact on animals further showcases Mayor Pete’s abysmal record.

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