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   Crews try to protect wildlife from Texas oil spill

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dimanche 24 janvier 2010
statut de l'article : public
citations de l'article provenant de : Yahoo


A Texas official says crews are working to protect two sensitive wildlife areas after a crude oil spill shut down parts of a major southeast Texas port.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says plastic walls known as booms and oil-sucking skimmer boats are being 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 says about 462,000 gallons — or 11,000 barrels — of oil spilled into the water Saturday when an 800-foot tanker collided with a towing vessel pushing two barges near Port Arthur, about 90 miles east of Houston. It was the largest spill in Texas since 1994.

A Texas official says crews are working to protect two sensitive wildlife areas after a crude oil spill shut down parts of a major southeast Texas port.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says plastic walls known as booms and oil-sucking skimmer boats are being 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 says about 462,000 gallons — or 11,000 barrels — of oil spilled into the water Saturday when an 800-foot tanker collided with a towing vessel pushing two barges near Port Arthur, about 90 miles east of Houston. It was the largest spill in Texas since 1994.

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Fewer than 100 people in a 28-block area of downtown were evacuated from the area following the collision because hydrogen sulfide — a hazardous gas with a rotten egg smell — was emanating from the oil, Port Arthur Police Officer Wendy Billiot said. But they were allowed to go home by Saturday evening after the gas was no longer being detected.

Brahm said the smell of sulfur contained in the oil remained strong Sunday morning, and people were being kept away from the water where the spill occurred, although they were allowed in their homes.

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