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Special Board Meeting

 November 7, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

333 Guadalupe Street, Room 100 (tentative)

Austin, Texas 78701


  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call and certification of quorum
  3. Consideration and possible action on immediate withdrawal of the Board’s proposed rules 22 Texas Administrative Code §851.33 and §851.34 and the Board’s proposed amendment to 22 Texas Administrative Code §851.10
  4. Consideration and possible action on posting of a Board initiated Advisory Opinion concerning the re-affirmation of the exemption of exploration and development of oil, gas, or other energy resources described in Section 1002.252 of the Texas Geoscience Practice Act
  5. Public comment.  Limited to five (5) minutes per person who has signed up to speak using TBPG’s speaker request form (time may be extended at the discretion of the Board Chairman)
  6.  Adjournment

The Board  may meet in closed session on any agenda item listed above as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Gov. Code Chapter 551.

If you require auxiliary aids, services or material in an alternate format please contact the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists at least five working days prior to the meeting date.  Listed below is helpful information if assistance is required. Phone: (512) 936-4401, Fax: (512) 936-4409, email:, TDD/RELAY TEXAS: 1-800-relay-VV (for voice), 1-800-relay-TX (for TDD).

The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists has proposed new rules that have been published in the Texas Register.  The Proposed Rules and Amendments were published in the September 30, 2011 edition of the Texas Register. Some of these proposed rules are  related to oil and gas community.  These rules have been under development by an Oil and Gas Workgroup for almost two years.  The intent of the publication of these rules is to garner constructive comments so that a wider discussion of the topic would be possible.  TAPG encourages all its members whether or not you practice in the oil and gas industry to read and provide comment on these rules.  If you have questions then please feel free to email TAPG at  I will do my best to find an answer or get an explanation.

Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted in writing to Charles Horton by mail to TBPG, PO Box 13225, Austin TX 78711; by fax to 512/936-4409; or by e-mail.  Please submit comments before October 31, 2011. If you would please send TAPG a copy of your comments as well.  Stay informed and check the TAPG Blog,, and the website TAPGONLINE.ORG for more information.

NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana State University geologist who shed light on the deep underground forces that contribute to the state’s rapidly vanishing coastal wetlands has died.

Roy Dokka died Monday, LSU officials confirmed Wednesday. An exact cause of death was not immediately released. He was 59.

Dokka gained prominence by questioning the science underpinning much of Louisiana’s massive and urgent coastal restoration plans. He complained that large-scale plans were moving forward even though many of the processes causing devastating land loss and subsidence in coastal Louisiana were, in his view, not acknowledged.

Coastal Louisiana, the home of New Orleans, is at the center of a vigorous scientific and socio-political debate about rising sea levels, flooding and the future of one of the nation’s most important port and oil regions. Dokka’s work was considered important in that debate. Since the 1930s, Louisiana has lost about 2,100 square miles of coast due to a host of problems, from levee building to deforestation.

To this debate, Dokka added his studies of the deep geologic forces at play under the soft delta muds of Louisiana. He argued that deep-seated faulting and the sheer load of sediment coming down the Mississippi River had caused Louisiana to slowly sink into the Gulf of Mexico. His theories posed a problem for Louisiana because he foresaw that the sinking would continue indefinitely.

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