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Pollution Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Boat floating on its side with large sheen.
Plastic debris along a beach.
Diesel container on an embankment next to water.
Overturned fishing vessel in water.
Dead fish at water's edge.
Worker with hose at wall of tank.
Large oil tank surrounded by boom in water.
Mobile drilling unit and container van against bridge
Displaced oil tanks with oil pooled around them.
Aerial view of oil in a marsh.
Large oil tank on a yard by a tree.
Boats leaning on one another on land.
Alligator submerged in water.
Boom containing oil on water surface.
Oil pooled in a marsh
Tank overturned on a levee.
Aerial view of damaged energy facility.
Large oil tank with oil pooled around it.
Worker vacuuming oil next to large tank.
Workers cleaning oil from pipes on the ground.
Damaged tank partially on a dock, partially in water.
Pooled oil in a marsh.
Damaged platforms in the water.
Boat floating on its side with large sheen.
Leaking oyster boat months after Hurricane Katrina

Leaking oyster boat still in Bayou Bienvenue in southeastern Louisiana in May of 2006 after being damaged by Hurricane Katrina the previous year.

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Plastic debris along a beach.
Marine debris along the coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Marine debris along a Texas coastline, after Hurricane Rita in 2005, in an area where storm surges may have reached 20 feet.

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Diesel container on an embankment next to water.
Barrels and containers pose pollution threat after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Tanks, barrels and containers that were moved as a result of the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 were being located and assessed. Those that posed an immediate pollution hazard had high priority for removal.

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Overturned fishing vessel in water.
Vessel stranded and leaking oil after Hurricane Rita

A number of vessels were stranded or damaged as a result of Hurricane Rita in 2005. The Fatima Lady II was declared a pollution hazard because it was losing fuel from its tanks into the waterway.

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Dead fish at water's edge.
Inland water fish kills in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Fish kills were reported in a number of the east Texas and Louisiana inland waters following Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005.

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Worker with hose at wall of tank.
Draining oil from displaced tank after Hurricane Rita

A hose is inserted into a tank stranded by Hurricane Rita in the Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge so that the oil in it can be pumped out.

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Large oil tank surrounded by boom in water.
Stranded diesel tank in the Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge

This diesel tank stranded in the Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge landed right side up and has a small leak near the waterline.

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Mobile drilling unit and container van against bridge
Mobile drilling unit and container van collide with bridge during Hurricane Rita

A container van hangs off the edge of a damaged bridge. In the background, a mobile drilling unit has been moved into the shore by Hurricane Rita in 2005.

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Displaced oil tanks with oil pooled around them.
Displaced, damaged, and leaking oil tanks

Damaged oil tanks along with spilled oil pooled on the ground in Cameron, Louisiana after Hurricane Rita in 2005.

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Aerial view of oil in a marsh.
Oiled mangroves after Hurricane Katrina and Rita

Oiled marsh and mangrove area after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 near the Chevron Pipe Line facility near Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

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Large oil tank on a yard by a tree.
Tank in yard after Hurricane Rita

Tank in yard on the Louisiana side of Sabine Pass deposited by storm surges from Hurricane Rita in 2005.

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Boats leaning on one another on land.
Boats aground in Texas after Hurricane Rita

Shrimp boats damaged by Hurricane Rita's storm surges in 2005, aground near Sabine Pass at Port
Arthur, Texas.

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Alligator submerged in water.
Alligator in a marsh after Hurricane Rita

Among the hazards sometimes encountered by survey teams assessing hurricane damage are snakes and alligators, such as the alligator in this photo.

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Boom containing oil on water surface.
Boom surrounds leaking oil tank after Hurricane Rita in 2005

Three layers of boom surround a leaking tank stranded in the Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge.

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Oil pooled in a marsh
Oil leaked into a marsh after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Leaked oil in a marsh from a pipeline break in Port Sulpher, Louisiana, after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

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Tank overturned on a levee.
Ruptured tank on Mississippi River levee after Hurricane Katrina

Ruptured tank on levee at Mississippi River near the Sundown Energy facility in Potash, Louisiana.

Credit: U.S. Coast Guard
Aerial view of damaged energy facility.
Ruptured tanks and piping after Hurricane Katrina

Damage from Hurricane Katrina at the Sundown Energy facility included ruptured tanks and piping. The site, located in Potash, Louisiana, is remote.

Credit: U.S. Coast Guard
Large oil tank with oil pooled around it.
Spilled oil at Shell facility after Hurricane Katrina in 2005

Spilled oil at Shell Pipeline in Pilottown Wharf Port Facility in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Credit: U.S. Coast Guard
Worker vacuuming oil next to large tank.
Worker vacuums spilled oil after Hurricane Katrina

Vacuuming spilled oil at Shell Pipeline in Pilottown Wharf Port Facility in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Credit: U.S. Coast Guard
Workers cleaning oil from pipes on the ground.
Cleaning up pipeline facility after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Workers clean up oil from Dynegy Pipeline Co. in Venice, Louisiana, after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Credit: U.S. Coast Guard
Damaged tank partially on a dock, partially in water.
Tank displaced by hurricanes

Tank displaced on a dock in Plaquemines parish, Louisiana, after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

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Pooled oil in a marsh.
Diesel spill after Hurricane Katrina storm surge

Diesel fuel spilled from a fishing vessel that was deposited on marshland by Hurricane Katrina's storm surges in Bayou La Batre, Alabama.

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Sheen from leaking oil facility in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina

Sheen from leaking oil facilities in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

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Damaged platforms in the water.
Oil facilities after Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico

Damaged and leaking oil facilities in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

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