Norfolk Southern too chicken to show in East Palestine and they’re not alone.

The Biden administration and Norfolk Southern officials were absent from the East Palestine, Ohio town hall meeting.

Twitter was not impressed by the cowardice

We know that many are rightfully angry and frustrated right now. Unfortunately, after consulting with community leaders, we have become increasingly concerned about the growing physical threat to our employees and members of the community around this event stemming from the increasing likelihood of the participation of outside parties,” the company said in a statement.

With that in mind, Norfolk Southern will not be in attendance this evening. We want to continue our dialogue with the community and address their concerns, and our people will remain in East Palestine, respond to this situation, and meet with residents.”

Why aren’t they talking to this guy?

Is it because they voted for Republicans?

What about the water – Conflicting advice

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has now: 1. Encouraged residents to go back to their homes 2. Told residents the air is “safe” 3. Declared the municipal water is safe to drink And he determined all this within just 12 days of the disaster, while the EPA states it’s too early to know.

In a Tweet Governor Mike DeWine said: East Palestine: New water testing results show no detection of contaminants in East Palestine’s municipal water system. With these test results, @OhioEPA is confident that the municipal water is safe to drink.

From wkyc in Ohio – Where’s FEMA?

“Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spoke with officials at the White House early this morning to address the need for federal help. As a result of this conversation, the Governor has requested assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health and Emergency Response Team, and the CDC to provide on-the-ground assistance in East Palestine.

“The DeWine Administration has been in daily contact with FEMA to discuss the need for federal support, however FEMA continues to tell Governor DeWine that Ohio is not eligible for assistance at this time. Governor DeWine will continue working with FEMA to determine what assistance can be provided.”

Vance visited East Palestine on Thursday. He says the mix-up in calling the federal government for assistance stems from controversy with officials:

There’s some tension between declaring a federal disaster and having FEMA come in, then shifting the liability of this accident to the federal government, as opposed to the train company that actually caused the problem,” Vance told reporters. 

So will Ohioans receive assistance from FEMA for the East Palestine train derailment?

For now, at least, WKYC can verify — No.

Senator throws down gauntlet

Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, told President Biden to stop blaming Donald Trump for the East Palestine derailment and also challenged EPA administrator Michael Regan to drink the tap water.