New York State Council of Professional Geologists

New York State Council of Professional Geologists NYSCPG seeks to protect the environment and public health through the professional practice of geology and geoscience education

Happy Holidays from the New York State Council of Professional Geologists.  We would like to thank all of our members, s...
12/24/2016
Search by license number within a profession - NYS Professions - Online Verifications

Happy Holidays from the New York State Council of Professional Geologists. We would like to thank all of our members, sponsors, and advertisers for their support in 2016 and wish you all the best in 2017. All of the exciting developments of the past year were possible only because of your generosity.

We are also pleased to report that the first 10 PG license numbers have been issued and that more numbers will be added soon. If you would like to see who the first 10 people are, you can go to http://www.op.nysed.gov/opsearches.htm#licno , choose "Professional Geologist" as the profession, and then enter in a six digit license number (#1 would be 000001, etc.). By scrolling up on the page you can also search by an individual's name.

Permits may be issued in certain professions. The requirements for obtaining a permit, its duration, and conditions under which it can be used vary by profession; please see the individual profession for requirements and limitations.

Geology is now a licensed profession in NYS!Today, in accordance with Chapter 260 of the laws of 2016, New York becomes ...
11/21/2016
NYS Geology

Geology is now a licensed profession in NYS!
Today, in accordance with Chapter 260 of the laws of 2016, New York becomes the 32nd state to require licensure and/or registration of professional geologists. Geology is the 53rd licensed profession in NYS. This law assures that New York State’s citizens, natural resources, and the environment are protected by making sure that certain activities be performed by licensed professional geologists. The NYSCPG would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members, sponsors, and supporters for helping us to make the law a reality. This also marks a turning point for the Council as we must now focus our efforts on outreach, education, monitoring legislation, and expanded advocacy for our profession.

More Information:
All information for PG licensure is available at the NYSED website http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/geo/

Licensed Professions: Geology

Please join us for a Joint Meeting of the New York State Council of Professional Geologists and the Hudson-Mohawk Profes...
11/04/2016
Hudson-Mohawk Professional Geologists Association - Joint NYSCPG - HMPGA Meeting

Please join us for a Joint Meeting of the New York State Council of Professional Geologists and the Hudson-Mohawk Professional Geologists Association on Weds. Nov. 16th at Century House in Latham, NY.

The schedule for the meeting includes:
3:30 - 5:00 NYSCPG Annual Membership & Business Meeting
4:00 - 5:00 - HMPGA Board of Director's Meeting
5:00 - 6:00 - Social Hour
6:00 - 7:00 - Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 - "Applying for Geologic Licensure in New York State", an evening presentation by John Nadeau

You can register for the meeting on the HMPGA web page: http://hmpga.wildapricot.org/event-2375512. Registration must be completed by the close of business on Monday, Nov. 14th.

Complete meeting details can be downloaded here: Meeting Announcement_2016-11-16.pdf

Reservations are required by close of business the Monday before the event. Pleasemake your reservation or you may or phone Jesse Vollick at 518-724-7254.

09/04/2016
New York State Assembly | Bill Search and Legislative Information

Thanks to the hard work of NYSCPG’s Legislative Committee, our lobbyist Peter O’Connell, and our legislative sponsors Senator Carl Marcellino and Assemblyman Steve Englebright, bill S07552 / A10251 was signed by Governor Cuomo on August 19th 2016 and is now Chapter 260 of the Laws of 2016. This is very good news for companies offering geologic services in NYS because it corrects several unintended consequences of the 2014 licensure bill. As described in the Council’s most recent newsletter:

“The bill’s language will allow a general business corporation to transition to a professional corporation (PC or DPC), or alternatively, for a limited liability company (LLC) to become a professional limited liability company (“PLLC”). The proposed amendment would establish an enforcement date of March 1, 2018, for persons and companies desiring to provide professional geological services in New York to have completed their licenses and articles of incorporation. After that date, no one can legally offer geologic services without the proper credentials.”

Thanks as well to all of you for your continued support of the Council. Your membership and sponsorship makes it possible for us to continue to advocate for the profession of geology in NYS.

Details of the bill are available at http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?term=2015&bn=S07552

05/21/2015
NYSCPG - Home

The new NYSCPG webpage is live!
https://nyscpg.wildapricot.org/

Last year New York State became the 32nd state to require that professional geologists be licensed. Licensure assures the public that decisions regarding geologic issues in New York State will be made by qualified professionals. New York State agencies recognize the need to protect the public and en…

The NY Senate web site shows the bill to establish the profession of geology was signed by the Governor today: http://op...
11/22/2014
S3810D-2013 - NY Senate Open Legislation - Establishes the profession of geology; provides for...

The NY Senate web site shows the bill to establish the profession of geology was signed by the Governor today: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/s3810d-2013. Once we have more information, we will forward it along.

Establishes the profession of geology; defines the profession of geology; establishes requirements for a license as a licensed geologist; regulates the practice of such profession; authorizes geologists to engage in professional business enterprises with engineers, land surveyors, architects and lan…

08/19/2014

From the Membership Subcommittee:
Save the Date – New York Geologists Joint Meeting: Wednesday, October 15

The New York geology practice bill that provides for licensing geologists passed both houses of the New York State Legislature and is waiting to be sent to the governor’s office for his signature. What this ground-breaking piece of legislation means for New York and for those who practice geology in the Empire State will be discussed during a meeting at the New York State Museum in Albany on October 15, 2014.

Participating organizations include:
· Northeast Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (NE-AIPG)
· New York State Council of Professional Geologists (NYSCPG)
· Hudson-Mohawk Professional Geologists Association (HMPGA)
· New York State Geological Survey (NYSGS)
· Long Island Professional Geologists Association (LIAPG)
· Central New York Association of Professional Geologists (CNYAPG)
· Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists (BAPG) also will be represented

This joint meeting will take place during the New York State Museum’s open house. Activities will include business meetings as planned by the individual professional organizations, an evening reception and networking event followed by a presentation on the licensure bill (with Q&A session), wrapping up with a presentation on the glacial history of New York by Dr. Andrew Kozlowski of the NYSGS.

Watch for more details that will follow in the coming weeks. Please spread the news, and plan on attending this important event.

06/17/2014

The bill to recognize the Profession of Geology in New York State passed the Assembly this afternoon. It passed the Senate last week. This is the first time we have seen the bill pass both house of the legislature. We will begin communicating with the Governor’s office in the coming weeks to ensure they have no concerns with the Bill prior to it reaching his desk. The NYSCPG Board of Directors would like to thank everyone for their support and efforts over the years to make this a reality.

03/19/2014
S3810C-2013 - NY Senate Open Legislation - Establishes the profession of geology; provides for...

Track the progress of our bill in the NYS Senate here: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S3810C-2013

Establishes the profession of geology; defines the profession of geology; establishes requirements for a license as a licensed geologist; regulates the practice of such profession; authorizes geologists to engage in professional business enterprises with engineers, land surveyors, architects and lan...

02/24/2014

For anyone in the Long Island region, I will be presenting an update on the licensing effort this Thursday, February 27th. Visit www.liapg.org for more information.

01/16/2014

The legislative session began in Albany on January 8th and we need your help reaching out to elected officials in the NYS Assembly and Senate. Those who oppose the passage of our bill have already begun to lobby against it. It has been have been told on several occasions while walking the halls of the State Capitol that very few people voice opinions on any piece of legislation. If even a few people take the time
to call and push for a bill, it can make a very big difference!

If you want to help, please:

Step 1: Find your elected officials
Find/contact your State Senator at http://www.nysenate.gov/contact_form

Find/contact your Assembly Member at http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search

Step 2: Write a letter of support. You can cut and paste the following lines into the online contact form, a typed letter, or use it as the starting point for a phone conversation.

Subject: S.3810-B/A4753-B – Licensure of Professional Geologists

I am writing to ask you to show your support for protecting the citizens, natural resources, and the environment of New York State by supporting Bill S.3810-B/A4753-B which regulates the practice of geology and allows for the licensure of professional geologists.

Geologists do much more than study rocks; they routinely make decisions and offer opinions that directly affect public health and welfare. Specifically, geologists gather and interpret data about the Earth and use that knowledge to improve the quality of human life. They help find and develop natural resources such as drinking water and provide critical information to protect us from natural and man-made hazards including earthquakes, landslides, flooding, and chemical spills – all of which have dominated the recent headlines in New York State.

Licensure assures the public that decisions regarding geologic issues in New York State will be made by qualified professionals; however, currently there are no legal criteria to regulate whether a person is qualified to practice geology. Further, there is no legal mechanism to sanction those who place the general public at risk. New York State has fallen behind 31 other states that recognize the important role of geologists by requiring a license to regulate the practice. In several documents, New York State agencies recognize the need to protect the public and ensure competency by requiring that certain activities be performed by licensed professionals, including referencing geologists. Given the geologic issues in New York State, there has never been a better time or stronger need to mandate the professional licensure of geologists to help protect New York State’s citizens, natural resources, and the environment.

Although some engineering and surveying groups have expressed concerns about the geology bill, the bill is consistent with the NY State Education Department’s existing licensure structure and they are a proponent of the bill as it is currently written. As summarized on the behalf of the NYSCPG in a recent letter to the Hon. Carl Marcellino, Hon. Steve Englebright, Hon. Kenneth LaValle, and Hon. Deborah Glick, there is nothing in the geology practice bill that infringes on either the practice of professional engineering or land surveying. There is nothing in the bill that would require engineering firms to amend their certificates of incorporation solely because geologists achieve professional status. The firms would have to amend their certificates only if they choose to offer professional geologic services, the same as if they chose to offer other design professional services. Moreover, the bill provides a large number of ACEC firms that employ geologists the opportunity to enhance the scope of their practices.

I respectfully ask you to show your commitment to the health and safety of the residents of New York State by supporting Bill S.3810-B/A4753-B in this upcoming legislative session. Thank you.

Richard Gibson: What Things Are Made Of: Transparent Aluminum
12/04/2013
Richard Gibson: What Things Are Made Of: Transparent Aluminum

Richard Gibson: What Things Are Made Of: Transparent Aluminum

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Let the rocks talk
11/28/2013
Let the rocks talk

Let the rocks talk

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NASA Earth
11/27/2013

NASA Earth

Klyuchevskaya Eruption
On October 16, 2013, photographer Marc Szeglat took this dramatic photograph of Russia's Klyuchevskaya volcano erupting. During its strongest eruptive phase (shown above), lava fountains rose up to 0.6 mi (1 km) above the summit dome, and explosions could be heard at a distance of 19 mi (30 km) away.

Read more from Earth Science Picture of the Day at
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2013/11/klyuchevskoy-eruption.html

See a gallery of Klyuchevskaya images as seen from space at
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/event.php?id=41597&src=fb

Read a two-part series about the shapes that lavas take at
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=82424&src=fb
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=82427&src=fb

See more of Szeglat's photography at
http://www.volcanoes.de/

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