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Hurricane Isaac

After Hurricane Isaac's initial landfall the week of August 28, 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard received reports of 158 oil spills and 171 objects possibly containing hazardous materials in the affected areas of Louisiana. The objects included propane tanks and drums with unknown contents, ranging in size from several gallons to 60,000 gallons.

NOAA OR&R's Emergency Response Division (ERD) assessed the shorelines possibly affected by these spills, conducted aerial surveys of coastal waters, made cleanup recommendations, and performed final assessments of oiled areas that had been cleaned. Additionally, ERD collaborated with federal and state agencies to address impacts to natural resources and to determine when cleanup operations were complete.