Sen. Bartolotta Works to Deny Grieving Parents, Smears Reputable Health Group

Everyone wondered why the University of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Department of Health pulled out of their public presentations in Canonsburg, PA Town Park at the last minute. That story is covered in a September 30th blog here, and follow-up October 5th blog and video of that meeting here.

PITT and the PA DOH were to provide updates on their state, publicly-funded health studies regarding the Ewing Sarcoma cluster that developed in southwestern Pennsylvania as shale gas drilling and fracking ramped-up, dozens of compressor stations were built, and a huge cryogenic gas plant metastasized in the same area where many of the high school students lived.

Concerned citizens and grieving parents were anxious to hear from PITT and DOH.

There was speculation that undue influence was exerted on PITT and DOH to withdraw, and sure enough, a Right to Know filing revealed the following letter, penned by none other than oil & gas shill, and Pennsylvania state senator, Camera Chatham Bartolotta. Notice that her letter is dated Wednesday September 21st, and the PITT/DOH withdrawal was the following Thursday, September 29th.

AUDIO: Comments made by Luke Blanock’s mother Janice at the October 5th meeting where DOH and PITT were AWOL
What’s Bartolotta afraid of, the TRUTH?

Maybe she’s already seen the truth in the ‘Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking and Associated Gas and Oil Infrastructure‘ and wants to keep it covered up? ‘Drill baby drill’

Beyond denying citizens the right to hear from their state health department (that already has a deplorable history on helping with health problems around drilling and fracking), and also hearing from publicly-funded PITT researchers, Bartolotta went on to bash two non-profits, who have supported citizens on fossil fuel health and justice issues, for over a decade. I took particular note of her slanderous comments about the world class Environmental Health Project, which has served over the past 10 years as the only real health lifeline for those suffering ill-effects from their close proximity to drilling and fracking.

EHP defends public health in the face of shale gas development.

We provide frontline communities with timely monitoring, interpretation, and guidance. We engage diverse stakeholders: health professionals, researchers, community organizers, public servants, and others. We do so because knowledge protects health. 

https://www.environmentalhealthproject.org/

LEARN MORE: EHP Health Summit on Feb. 22, 2022:
Shale Gas and Public Health: Translating Science into Policy

Source

…CCJ has arranged for the Environmental Health Project (EHP) to make a presentation to the assembled public regarding the EHP’s own advocacy efforts to oppose natural gas development. Several of the studies which the EHP has advanced in the past regarding fossil fuel development have lacked any scientific rigor, have been misleading in their conclusions, and can only be described as activist pieces under the guise of science.”

Camera Bartolotta, State Senator, 46th Senatorial District, in a letter to Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of health, Denise A. Johnson on September 21, 2022.

Bartolotta is like far too many politicos in southwestern Pennsylvania, mostly Republicans, who are ‘in the back pocket’ of the oil and gas industry. She’s even working with the likes of Senator Gene Yaw, to establish new incentives for the use of fossil-fueled vehicles while eliminating rebates and grants for hybrid and electric vehicles, as reported here.

Talk about ‘out of touch!’ She’s come a long way baby, since promoting e-Cigarettes in advertisements! 7 flavors!!
100-149 e-Cigarette hospital cases or deaths in Pennsylvania as of February 18, 2020
Camera Bartolotta key donors (Source)
  • $25,000 – Local 0449 Steamfitters Union PAC
  • $11,000 – Local 0420 Steamfitters Union Cope Com
  • $3,500 – Marathon Petroleum Corp Employees PAC (Mpac)
  • $2,500 – Consol Energy, Inc PAC
  • $2,500 – Enbridge-Dcp PAC
  • $2,000 – Range Resources Energy Independence PAC
  • $1,500 – Chesapeake Energy Corp Fed PAC
  • $1,500 – NFG Papac National Fuel Gas
  • $1,000 – CNX Resources Corp PAC (Cnx PAC)
  • $1,000 – Energy Transfer Employee Mgmt Co PAC (Energy Transfer PAC)
  • $1,000 – EQT Corp State PAC
  • $1,000 – ExxonMobil Corp PAC (ExxonMobil PAC)
  • $1,000 – NiSource Inc PAC
  • $1,000 – UGI Utilities Inc PAC
  • $1,000 – UGI Utilities Inc/ugi Energy Services LLC PAC
  • $500 – Pennsylvania Grade Crude Oil Coalition PAC
  • $500 – PA Oil Marketers PAC (Pompac)
Friends of Camera Bartolotta key donors (Source)
  • $9,500 – Local 0420 Steamfitters Union Cope Com
  • $2,500 – Intl Brotherhood Boilermakers 154
  • $1,500 – Chesapeake Energy Corp Fed PAC
  • $1,500 – NFG Papac National Fuel Gas
  • $1,000 – Marathon Petroleum Corp Employees PAC (Mpac)
  • $1,000 – Range Resources Energy Independence PAC
  • $1,000 – UGI Utilities Inc PAC
Bartolotta’s past performances:

Lucifer’s Unholy Desire

White Cloud e-Cig Spokesperson

2021-2022 Bartolotta was assigned to the following committees:
Bartolotta runs unopposed in 2022 in the 46th District
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