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Special Report: IG-0707

November 9, 2005

The Department of Energy’s Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Based on the results of our review, which included discussions with affected private corporations and government officials, the Department of Energy (Department) met its responsibilities under the National Response Plan by taking aggressive actions to restore energy systems in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This included serving as the focal point for numerous issues and policy decisions to assist recovery efforts relating to the devastating impact of the hurricanes, specifically concerning the energy sector. In addition, the Department coordinated with energy industries and governmental agencies to identify supporting resources and to expedite the repair and restoration of energy producing facilities. The Department also monitored energy system damage and repair work, disseminating status information to utilities, refiners, natural gas pipeline operators, as well as state and local governments and Federal agencies.