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A massive hurricane threatens Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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Occasionally, federal agencies must respond to emergency situations where human life and property are in danger. Examples include oil spills, wildland fire, and weather events such as Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) and its implementing regulations recognize the need to respond immediately to emergencies and provide special procedures that allow federal agencies the latitude to complete their emergency responses in order to secure human life and property without delay, while still providing them with protections that normal compliance under the ESA would have afforded them. Learn more...

Hurricane Irma mid-day on September 6, 2017 off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Satellite Image by NOAA GOES-16.


A long brown floating oil boom with a fishing vessel in the background.

Service, Coast Guard, and responsible party responds to 50-barrel oil spill on Delta National Wildlife Refuge with controlled burn

June 3, 2014 | 3 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Coast Guard are working with the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator Office, Texas Petroleum Investment Company and Forefront Emergency Management to mitigate an estimated 50-barrel crude oil release on Delta National Wildlife Refuge. A silver sheen was observed by an aerial overflight on May 28, 2014. Texas Petroleum Investment Company (identified as the responsible party), and Forefront Emergency Management responded to conduct an initial assessment, though inclement weather prevented a full response. Read the full story...

Oil boom near Breton Island National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Greg Thompson, USFWS.

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