In August, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission issued a Staff Recommendation to abolish the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG) and Texas geoscience licensure. In response to those recommendations geoscientists have formed the Texas Geoscience Council.
The purpose is to support the protection of health, safety and welfare of all Texans through public education about geoscientific work and advocacy for professional geoscientist licensure in the Lone Star State. The mission is to unite the geoscientific community so geoscientists can work together to accomplish three goals:
- Immediately protect geoscience licensure and the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists through the 2018 Sunset review process.
- Immediately illustrate for the Texas Legislature the many important ways that geoscientists serve Texans and the critical role of geoscience licensure.
- Long term campaign to educate the Texas public about the various practices of geoscience, and how they impact public health, safety and welfare.