On Monday, a reporter made a chilling discovery, finding three dead deer along the bank of a creek that runs south from East Palestine, Ohio, and into the Ohio River, with no signs of physical trauma.
Ben Bergquam, a reporter with Real America’s Voice News, announced the discovery in a phone video that was shared to Twitter. He found himself unable to explain why the three deer were lifeless next to each other.
The video appears to have been taken roughly 15 miles downstream from East Palestine and just north of where Little Beaver Creek feeds into the Ohio River in Midland, Pennsylvania.
Over three weeks ago, a Norfolk Southern train derailed in the community, spilling toxic chemicals throughout the area, which were later subjected to a controlled burn.
Bergquam noted he did not find any evidence of chemicals in the water, citing a video of “rainbow coloration” that went viral shortly after the crash.
“What is scary, and I can’t say for sure if this is connected or if it’s just a coincidence, but it’s a very odd coincidence,” he said. “Right here, three dead deer, within 50 yards of each other.”
“One here, no gunshot wounds, no clear, physical wounds. This one in particular is very odd, the eyes haven’t been eaten out, this one hasn’t been touched. Most of the time, something dies, it’s eaten almost immediately, especially the eyes and the soft tissue,” Bergquam continued. “That’s a sign, when the other animals know not to eat something.”
Since the beginning of the ongoing ecological disaster, images of dead fish have been shared online, and similar cases of affected wildlife have been documented. An estimated 43,000 animals are dead.
Bergquam didn’t want to speculate as to whether the deer he encountered were poisoned by chemicals and that those chemicals are pouring into the Ohio River, which winds its way through population centers, including the city of Cincinnati hundreds of miles downstream.
He did, however, ask why he was “the only one here,” questioning why many media outlets seem to be ignoring the issue at large.
“You’ve gotta consider people downstream, I was in Cincinnati just a few days ago, and people were buying up water because they don’t trust the water that’s coming down the Ohio River. I don’t blame them,” he said, before asking, “Why am I the only one here?”
“I mean, Joe Biden hasn’t even shown up! He hasn’t even shown up yet. What a slap in the face.” he added. “President Trump showed up, and I asked the people there, and you know what they said? Because he’s a man of the people.”
While government officials have stated that no chemicals related to the derailment have been found in the Ohio River at levels that should concern anyone, water officials in Cincinnati did announce last week they would stop taking in water from the river and use reserves out of “an abundance of caution.”
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