The oil bust continues to hit workers in the Eagle Ford Shale.
Three oil and gas service companies recently told the Texas Workforce Commission about layoffs in San Antonio and Robstown — both cities outside of the South Texas shale field that have served as a base for oil field staging and services.
CalFrac Well Services in San Antonio will lay off 87 workers by May 1. Cudd Energy Services already laid off 60 workers at its Tacco Drive facility in San Antonio on March 11, although those workers will be paid and receive health insurance through May 10. And C&J Energy Services will lay off 87 employees at its facility in Robstown, according to letters filed with the Texas Workforce Commission.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires companies in many instances to provide notice 60 days in advance of plant closures or mass layoffs.
C&J Energy Services has announced other big layoffs in the region — in February, the company said it will lay off 78 workers at its Pleasanton facility in Atascosa County by April 4.
C&J has 13 locations that serve the Eagle Ford Shale region, from Mission in South Texas to Bryan-College Station on the northeast end of the field. Houston-based C&J offers well construction, well completion and well support services, and has one of the largest North American workover and well servicing rig fleets.
Oil prices have crashed from $107 per barrel in June 2014 to around $40 this week.
Around 72,000 Texas workers lost jobs in the energy industry in 2015, and the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers estimates that another 40,000 could lose jobs this year — roughly 10,000 workers each quarter.