Support for an Investigation

Support for an Investigation
of the
Duquesne Light Riazzi Substation
in Panther Hollow

(Note: Additional information about the Duquesne Light Project is on Links 100-104.)

The following letter was sent on March 15 and 16, 2020, to individuals requesting support to have the office of District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. investigate the Duquesne Light Riazzi Substation in Panther Hollow. 

We are very thankful to all those who had the courage and confidence to contact the district attorney and support our call for an investigation.

I am Carlino Giampolo, born and raised in Panther Hollow, who is asking for your support on behalf of our small community to have the office of District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. investigate the Duquesne Light Riazzi Substation in Panther Hollow. This letter is being sent to individuals who we trust care about ending injustice.

This will also go to members of the Fourth Estate (the press) who can take actions both as private citizens, and by adhering to the principles of their profession in holding government and corporate officials accountable for their actions.

Wrongdoings have occurred in actions by the City of Pittsburgh, Duquesne Light, and the supporters of this project. They have deceived and betrayed us.

It is not hyperbole to say that this project will eventually lead to the destruction of Panther Hollow, as well as to the further decimation of greater Oakland, because of the massive development it will offer for the universities and their supporters. This project is neither needed nor wanted by the residential community.

For greater wisdom and understanding of the injustice of this project, go to, especially the letters to Councilman Bruce Kraus on Link 100 and the letter to District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. on Link 101.

Numerous tragic wrongdoings have occurred throughout history, including the well-known Holocaust and the lesser-known lynchings of black people and Italian immigrants. These tragedies occurred because of both those who directly caused them, and those who allowed the tragedies to happen.

The individuals who caused and allowed these tragedies had held onto the belief that it was acceptable to label certain groups of people, and then either love or hate those labels. They did not seek any greater wisdom and understanding. Dialogue was replaced by dogma.

Changes occur either through the path of dignity, or the path of tragedy. Let’s make the right change by respecting the dignity of the residents of our community.

We are reaching out to you for support. Power simply is the ability to take action. Your action will take less than one minute, but can change the course of history.

Simply hit “Reply All” and “Send”. You do not need to add your own explanation unless you want to. The district attorney will know that you support an investigation.

You will be doing the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do. Our community has the deepest gratitude to you for doing so. In the end, through your action, truth and justice will prevail.

Carlino Giampolo