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San Diegans Helping Gulf Oil Cleanup Efforts

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Aired 6/8/10

A small group of San Diego County residents are getting jobs cleaning up oil from areas around the Gulf of Mexico. They could be the first of several hundred San Diegans hired for cleanup efforts.

A small group of San Diego County residents are getting jobs cleaning up oil from areas around the Gulf of Mexico. They could be the first of several hundred San Diegans hired for cleanup efforts.

A BP cleanup crew removes oil from a beach on May 23, 2010 at Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Officials now say that it may be impossible to clean the hundreds of miles of coastal wetlands affected by the massive oil spill that continues gushing in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Above: A BP cleanup crew removes oil from a beach on May 23, 2010 at Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Officials now say that it may be impossible to clean the hundreds of miles of coastal wetlands affected by the massive oil spill that continues gushing in the Gulf of Mexico.

There is no shortage of workers in Gulf states. But there is a need for workers with hazardous materials training. To meet that need Mark Hanson organized a job training program in San Diego.

Hanson organizes job training through local businesses. He said the workers receive full Haz-Mat training, protective training and respirators.

"They start at $12 an hour and after three weeks it can go up to $17 an hour," said Hanson.

Workers also receive food, lodging and daily expenses. Hanson said about 50 trained workers will leave via bus next week to help clean oil from beaches, coastal wetlands and waterways along the Gulf of Mexico.

He said the group will stay in the area for about six weeks. Hanson hopes the project will provide jobs for several hundred San Diegans.

He said workers may also be sent to help Haiti's recovery from last January's earthquake. Potential workers must be 18 years of age or older, in good physical shape and able to travel.

For information on assisting in this gulf coast cleanup project, contact the San Diego Urban League.

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Avatar for user 'readthinkconnect'

readthinkconnect | June 7, 2010 at 4:11 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

This article comes with no useful information on how to get involved in this cleanup project. The group that Mark Hanson is coordinating is given no name, there is no contact information, and the only hint is to "contact the Urban League", with a link to that organization's homepage and not even a clue of how to find out ANYTHING about this project. Some of us are dying for work, here! Can you give even the slightest clue on how to get in touch with these people?

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Avatar for user 'bruffeds'

bruffeds | June 7, 2010 at 4:21 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

12 dollars an hour to help clean up the planet sounds awful good to me since I have been under-employed since March 09. To bad KPBS provides zero info on how to contact Mr. Hanson. Perhaps it is just a way for Mr. Hanson to hype himself and KPBS an oportunity to report some semi good news related to job growth. I'm sure next week we will hear KPBS credit Obama for creating oil clean up jobs for San Diegans.

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astralfrog | June 9, 2010 at 6:43 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

From this article: http://tinyurl.com/gulf-clean-SD

"Potential workers must be 18 years of age, in good physical shape and able to travel. For more information, you can contact the Urban League at (619) 266-6271."

I called them. They said to come to the office (hours 9-4pm M-F) and fill out an application. The office is located at:

720 Gateway Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92102

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