The National Spill Control School at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been providing world-class oil and hazmat spill response and planning and waste management instruction since 1977. National and international oil and gas industry organizations depend on the NSCS for educational programs, environmental program development, research and consultation.
The new Oil Spill Response course, which will be initially offered quarterly at regional Coastal Bend College campuses in Beeville and Alice, will allow area students and oilfield employees the opportunity to obtain the required spill response training closer to home. Participants will learn how to safely and efficiently plan and prepare for any oil spills that could threaten area waterways or groundwater resources. Spill response exercises will be conducted on local rivers and reservoirs.
“The NSCS is looking forward to an exciting new period of growth for the exploration and production industry of South Texas,” said Tony Wood, director of the National Spill Control School. “We are thrilled to have been able to team with Coastal Bend College to offer this safety course to the companies and in the communities which will benefit the most from oil spill prevention, preparedness and response training.”
According to Wood, oil and gas discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico and directional drilling opportunities in the Eagle Ford formation are currently reinvigorating the economy of central south Texas. These opportunities also present potential safety and environmental issues related to corporate liabilities in the exploration and production industry that have been redefined by the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf last summer. The National Spill Control School and CBC offer courses that will help oil and gas companies to improve safety, reduce risks and maximize preparedness.
Glynis Holm Strause, dean of institutional advancement at the Coastal Bend College, said, “CBC’s Continuing Education Petroleum Industry Training Program is proud to be partnering with the National Spill Control School at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and others to provide a wide variety of courses to train current and future oil field employees.”
For information on registration for specific courses in the Beeville, Alice, Kingsville or Pleasanton areas, call Glynis Holm Strause at 354-2447; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.