Ohio Governor Calls Upon Congress To Investigate Ohio Derailment Tragedy — ‘This is Absurd’

Governor Mike DeWine (R-OH) has been beset by the crisis unfolding after the Feb. 3rd derailment of a hazardous materials train at East Palestine, Ohio. On Tuesday, DeWine held a press conference to update the people of his state about the ongoing cleanup effort following the catastrophe.

According to The Post Millennial, DeWine told the gathered press that when he traveled to East Palestine to meet with officials at the site, “it was clear at that point that we were faced with two bad options.”

One result he termed “catastrophic” was “to do nothing and wait for the [train] car to explode.” The authorities reportedly weighed the options and determined that a controlled release and burning off of the chemicals was the best route.

The governor told reporters that days after the fire was set, Ohio National Guardsmen were deployed into the evacuated zone to assess the air and emphatically told the press, “no one was allowed back in that area until they could come back and tell us that the monitoring was consistently good,” Post Millennial reported.


According to the outlet, DeWine would later explain that the “train was not considered a high hazardous material train,” meaning that,

“the railroad was not required to notify anyone here in Ohio about what was in the rail cars coming into our state. I would think that the members of Congress —  I would ask them to take a look at this.”

He added that the train was not considered to be a “high hazardous material train” because a majority of the cars didn’t contain hazardous materials. He noted, “Frankly, if this is true, and I’m told it’s true, this is absurd.”

Governor DeWine told reporters before concluding the conference that the rail line, Norfolk Southern is responsible for the derailment and that the state “fully expect(s) them to live up to” the promise of its CEO that the company “will pay for everything.”

“If they don’t, we’ve got an attorney general that will file a lawsuit.”

It remains to be seen if that extends to the losses inflicted on the farmers and residents who’ve suffered losses of livestock and pets.

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