TAPG Position Letter To Elected Officials

Posted: February 27, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Texas association of professional geoscientists

“Serving Texas Geoscientists Since 1994”

1306 W. Anderson Lane , Suite A, Austin , Texas 78757

Phone: (512) 454-8626     Fax: (512) 454-3036

The Texas Association of Professional Geoscientist (TAPG) opposes suspension of funding, consolidation, or abolishment of the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG).  We believe that doing so would endanger the lives, health and well-being of Texas Citizens.  Instead we support either designating the agency as a Self-Directed Semi-Independent (SDSI) Agency, or funding the TBPG under the 2012-2013 budget submitted by the agency, followed by designating the agency as an SDSI agency in 2013.

The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG) administers and enforces the Texas Geoscience Practice Act.  The TBPG licenses Professional Geoscientists (P.G.’s) who perform geoscience work that potentially impacts public health and safety.   Geoscientists include geologists, geophysicists and soil scientists who are uniquely qualified by education and training to characterize, interpret and map rock formations with their physical and chemical properties, fracture systems and faults, soluble salts, and soil chemical and physical properties.  Applications include, but are not limited to mining reclamation, engineering projects, environmental projects; essentially anything that impacts or is impacted by geologic and soil processes and rock and soil characteristics.  Over the past 10 years, The State of Texas, engineering and construction, environmental, and water resource industries have relied on licensed professional geoscientists (P.G.’s) to provide valuable input that would not otherwise be properly addressed.

The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG) is a general-revenue based state agency which has provided approximately 41 to 46 percent of its total revenues to the Texas General Revenue since its inception.  TBPG has been a positive revenue agency through efficient operation. While we acknowledge the State of Texas must be fiscally responsible with its resources, suspending the funding of, or abolishing this agency will also eliminate a source of revenue.

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