Whistleblower videos reveal helicopter spraying workers with weed killers
Exposed atop the barren clearcut in Oregon’s coastal mountains, he hid in the only place he could.
A helicopter circled overhead, spraying a fine mist of toxic weed killers. Darryl Ivy took refuge inside his pickup: Windows up, doors shut.
The scene was captured on camera, one of more than 200 videos Ivy recorded on his smartphone.
Again and again, herbicides rained down. The milky chemical mix stained Ivy’s windshield white and turned his phlegm red.
Ivy, a truck driver, spent 17 days this spring on a spray crew in Douglas County, the heart of Oregon’s timber country.
He got sprayed so often it became routine.
Don’t worry about it, Ivy said the pilot told him. It won’t hurt you.
Troubled by what he saw, Ivy documented his working conditions day after day. He recently provided hours of time-stamped clips and hundreds of photographs to The Oregonian/OregonLive.