DALLAS — Crews worked Sunday to protect two sensitive wildlife areas after a crude oil spill shut down parts of a major southeast Texas port, officials said.
Plastic walls known as booms and oil-sucking skimmer boats were used to safeguard a lake that is a crucial breeding ground and a wildlife management area that lost its protective gates when Hurricane Ike roared ashore a year and a half ago.
The U.S. Coast Guard said about 462,000 gallons of oil spilled into the water Saturday when an 800-foot tanker collided with a towing vessel about 90 miles east of Houston. It was the largest spill in Texas since 1994.
GOP leader: Bernanke should be confirmed
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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he expects Ben Bernanke to be confirmed, putting the second term of the Fed chief on more solid ground after rising speculation in recent days.
McConnell declined to say how he would vote on reappointing Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve, but the view from the GOP's highest-ranking member could help restore Wall Street's confidence in steady leadership at the U.S.' s central bank.