A video showing oily chemicals bubbling to the surface of an Ohio creek has gone viral on social media.
The video shows Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) disturbing a creek bed in East Palestine, Ohio.
He reveals that there are “dead worms and dead fish all throughout this water” before he scrapes the creek bed with a stick.
As the senator disturbs the bed, it causes chemical bubbles to rise to the surface and create a multicolored oil slick on the water.
“This is disgusting,” Vance commented.
“The fact that these chemicals are still seeping in the ground is an insult to the people who live in East Palestine.
“Do not forget these people.”
The video has garnered millions of views on Twitter.
Visited a local creek in East Palestine today. These waterways are still very polluted. It’s time for Norfolk Southern to finish the cleanup. Check this video out: pic.twitter.com/4lsHBmrMJj
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) February 16, 2023
The news has emerged as the nation becomes increasingly concerned about the fallout from the nearby Norfolk Southern train derailment.
Local and state authorities previously evacuated all residents within one mile of the derailment.
A controlled burn of industrial chemicals present on the vehicle has been underway in an effort to decrease the risk of an explosion.
If the chemicals had exploded, it could have sent shrapnel throughout the small town.
Vinyl chloride, a carcinogen used to manufacture PVC, was released from five train cars last week in the form of massive plumes of dark smoke.
The smoke was visible throughout eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
Vance’s video comes after federal and state officials have been insisting that the water in East Palestine is currently potable.
The EPA said that “test results from the village’s municipal well sampling showed no water quality concerns.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Mike DeWine (R) announced that tests conducted by the Ohio EPA revealed “no detection of contaminants in raw water from the five wells that feed into East Palestine’s municipal water system.”
He added that the agency is “confident that the municipal water is safe to drink.”
In a similar video from local news outlet Fox 19, anchor Tricia Macke threw a rock into a creek and caused chemicals to rise to the surface.
“Would you stay here?” she asked.
“Would you drink that water?
“Would you bathe your kids when it’s bubbling up and looking like an oil slick?”
— Tricia Macke (@FOX19Tricia) February 16, 2023
EPA Administrator Michael Regan visited East Palestine on Thursday.
Vance challenged Regan to drink the tap water his agency claimed was safe.
“If I was living here, I would drink bottled water for now,” he told reporters.
“Better safe than sorry, especially because it’s being provided for free.
“That’s the advice I would give, and again, the residents are going to make their own decisions on this.”
In a statement to Fox News, DeWine spokesperson Dan Tierney said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as FEMA, rejected the state’s request for federal aid.
REMA said the incident purportedly did not qualify for assistance.
Ohio was able to receive some help through the Department of Health and Human Services to assist residents who need medical care as a result of the derailment and controlled burn.
Beyond concerns with the water, residents have mentioned a lingering smell in the air, deceased wildlife and livestock, and various health issues.