Oil spill creates demand for workers

Workers cleanup oil on the Texas City Dike in the aftermath of the Galveston Bay oil spill Wednesday afternoon. A barge and a cargo ship collided near the Texas City Dike on Saturday causing a spill of more than 168,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil.

TEXAS CITY — It’s not much of a silver lining, but some people are finding paying jobs responding to the oil spill in Galveston Bay. 

As many of 800 temporary jobs became available because of the spill, said James Patterson, a business consultant with Workforce Solutions, a human resources provider for the Gulf Coast region.

The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders have been working to clean out oil of Galveston Bay since Saturday when a barge and a cargo ship collided near the Texas City Dike causing a spill of more than 168,000 gallons.

A local office of the staffing company, Labor Ready, put out a call for hydro-blasters to help clean ships and general laborers earlier this week, Patterson said. 

Potential workers need to have a Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response certification, he said. 

The call for certified workers has also gone out over social media. 

The Nederland-based Industrial Recruitment Services posted on its Facebook page that it was looking for laborers to work on the oil spill response in Galveston Bay. For workers with the proper certification, pay could be as much as $12 to $18 an hour, according to the company’s post. 

Patterson said he also received information from companies looking for cooks, both on land and offshore. Those jobs pay as much as $200 day. 

The general labor and hydro-blaster positions pay about $10 to $15, he said. 

While the call is going out now for workers, the positions may only last as long as the oil spill continues, Patterson said. 

“It does get people working but who knows how long,” he said. 

At a glance

WHAT: As many as 800 jobs are available in response to the oil spill in Galveston Bay. 

HOW TO APPLY: Those interested in the positions can call the Workforce Solutions office in Texas City at 409-949-9055 or visit www.workintexas.com.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com


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(2) comments

Lindrel Thompson

Nice try at a positive spin on this but every picture of an oiled bird and gunk on a beach will keep tourists away for months...

james royster

A lot of its logistics channels could get affected.

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