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Thursday, September 26, 2013

FRACKING in the USA : Success in banning with Doug Shields and friends!

In 2003, when Doug won the democrat Primary for Pittsburgh City Council, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette wrote: "For 11 years, Doug Shields has been the consummate city hall insider, working behind the scenes as chief of staff for former city Councilman. Now, he's about to move to center stage." 

Shields did take center stage and quickly ascended to positions of power in the Council. In 2004, he was appointed Chair of the Finance Committee in the throes of the city's financial crisis. In 2006, he was elected President of the Council and, again in 2009. He left office at the end of 2011. 

During his tenure on the Council he was recognized for his expertise on government financing, land use & zoning, legislative writing ability and, taking on social issues few others would. 

He introduced and had enacted laws on matters such as domestic violence within the city police force, prevailing wages for service workers on city funded projects, protection from harassment at women's reproductive health facilities, reporting of lost or stolen firearms, and an LGBT registry to help facilitate same-sex benefits for the private sector. 

In August of 2010, he introduced the CELDF Community Rights Ordinance in the Council. With a unanimous 9-0 vote, it became law on November 16, 2013, effectively banning shale gas drilling in Pittsburgh - the first place in the world to do so. 

Today, Doug works as a consultant, an adjunct professor, and a dedicated activist in the effort to move away from fossil fuels to sustainable energy. He's also appeared in Josh Fox's films, The Sky Is Pink, and Gasland Part II. 

Straight-talking, passionate Shields leaves city council
On the Record with Doug Shields: One last debate with city council's most outspoken member 


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