By Juan Montoya
It doesn't matter how many times we point out the differences between the Brownsville Economic Development Council and the City of Brownsville's version of the SpaceX project envisioned for Boca Chica and the Environmental Impact Statement the company handed the federal government, yet still the unfounded claims get bandied about by its supporters.
Whether you are for it or not, below are some of the stark difference between the EIS and the claims by local SpaceX boosters abou the jobs the project is supposed to bring her.
You decide who is fudging what.
Brownsville Herald quoting BEDC's VP Gilbert Salinas and BEDC CEO Jason Hilts:
"If constructed, the new launch site is reported to directly or indirectly create about 1,000 jobs, all paying in excess of $55,000.
EIS SpaceX submitted to the FAA:
Approximately 30 full-time SpaceX employees/contractors would be present at the vertical launch area and/or control center area in 2013... During a launch campaign, an additional 100 local or transient workers would be working at the vertical launch area and/or control center area. During launch campaigns, the additional workers could work extended hours; however, 2 days prior to launch, full-time SpaceX employees/contractors and the local or transient workers would need to be on-site for up to 24 hours per day. Staffing on-site would return to normal levels (approximately 30 full-time SpaceX employees/contractors) within a day or two after the actual launch.
Table 2.1-2 shows the number of full-time SpaceX employees/contractors working on site plus the local/transient workers necessary during launch campaigns that would be present between 2013 and 2022.
Table 2.1-2. Personnel for Proposed SpaceX Texas Launch Site Operations
Year Full-time SpaceX Full-time SpaceX
Employees/Contractors Employees/Contractors plus
Working On-Site Additional Local/Transient Workers
during Launch Campaigns
2013 30 130
2014 75 175
2015 100 200
2016 100 200
2017 110 210
2018 130 230
2019 150 250
2020 150 250
2021 150 250
2022 150 250
Now, these numbers are the ones given by SpaceX to the federal government in its Environmental Impact Statement. Salinas and Hilt (and Mayor Tony Martinez and the commission) all say there will be 1,000 direct and indirect jobs each paying $55,000 as a result of SpaceX establishing operations here. Are the indirect jobs those shining shoes and washing cars for the permanent workers? Or is it the extra waitress at the Boca Chica buffet restaurant needed every two weeks a month to service them?
At the peak of employment 10 years from now SpaceX says it will need only 250 workers (including the 150 full-time employees) to shoot the rocket. Who's lying?