VALDEZ, ALASKA — Shifting winds set oil from the Exxon Valdez on a collision course for the nation's No. 1 fishing port over the weekend. Winds from the southeast and northeast pushed oil toward Kodiak Island, 300 miles from the site of the nation's worst oil spill two weeks ago. The direction of the crude raised fears that the port town of Kodiak, which last year had $166 million worth of catches, could be polluted within days, officials said.
On Friday, President Bush said he would send federal troops to help with the cleanup and put the federal government virtually in control of the effort. The new federal authority was apparent Saturday as the Coast Guard began to move into a command center set up by Exxon in a Valdez office building.