Sunset Commission Recommendation to Abolish PG Licensure in Texas

In the past 17 years, licensed geoscientists have made critical contributions to the protection of public health, safety, and welfare in Texas. Their geoscience work in groundwater, environmental protection, and engineering geology subdisciplines have supported crucial government and private decisions protecting drinking water and other natural resources and enabling sound real estate transactions and development.


On August 2, 2018, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission (TSAC) staff recommended elimination of the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG) and Professional Geoscientist (PG) licensure in Texas. Nearly 500 public comments were received by the TSAC; most of which strongly favor continued existence of TBPG and PG-licensure. Though the TBPG Sunset hearing took place on August 30th, we have MUCH work to do before the final TSAC recommendation on November 14, 2018, and during the upcoming Texas legislative session.

The Texas Geoscience Council (TGC), a state-wide coalition of geoscientific firms, professional organizations, and independent geoscientists, was established on August 20, 2018, to educate Texas legislators and the public about the critical importance of TBPG and PGs for the protection of public health, safety, and economic welfare from the impact of substandard performance of geoscience work, and the need for licensed geoscientists to achieve this purpose. The TGC has obtained professional help to respond to this threat and to facilitate communications with all interested parties.

How to Help

The coalition has an urgent need to raise the necessary funds to pay for this effort. The Texas Geoscience Council is seeking financial assistance as we work on this effort over the next 10 months. Please donate to the cause here or by mailing a check to the below address. All funds will go toward the fight to preserve the Texas P.G. licensure and the TBPG.

Donate by check to:

Texas Geoscience Council

4009 Alava Dr. • Fort Worth. Texas • 76133

All funds will go toward the fight to preserve Texas P.G. licensure and the TBPG. Consult your tax professional to determine whether donations are tax deductible.