South Island Environmental (SIE) is an environmental consultant specializing in the cleanup of properties contaminated from leaky underground oil tanks.
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Q. What should I do if my underground heating oil tank has contaminated my property ?
A. If you are selling the property you may have to satisfy the buyer and their financial institution by having the contaminated area remediated. If the contamination area is migrating off-site then you have to notify the Ministry of Environment, not to mention the affected off-site property owner as required by the BC Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR).
Q. How do I know if my underground heating oil storage tank has contaminated my property ?
A. If the tank is no longer used or has been abandoned years ago, SIE recommends that you have the tank decommissioned and assess soil conditions below the tank. Soil samples would be submitted to an MOE-approved laboratory for analysis. The results of the analysis would be compared to applicable standards outlined in the BC Contaminated Sites Regulations and would determine if the tank area is contaminated. If the tank is still in use it may be possible to complete a soil assess adjacent to the tank by drilling into the ground at a predetermined depth and past the underside of the tank. Soil samples (and potentially groundwater samples) would then be submitted for analysis and compared to the applicable CSR standards. With this in mind, this method this may not identify impacted soil directly below the tank.
Q. What do I do with an old underground heating oil tank I found on my property ?
Q. I can smell heating oil in my house from my basement where my underground heating oil tank is located, what should I do ?
Q. What do I do if a spill of underground heating oil is released on my property ?