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One of the major benefits of heating oil is having a heating oil storage tank on the premises. Oil storage tanks are safe, convenient, and versatile; here's why:
Aboveground tanks installed outdoors can be hidden inside an enclosure like the one shown here.
Oil Tanks Are Safe
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Galvanized Steel Tank over
Polyethylene Inner Tank
Indoor/Outdoor Single Wall Steel Oil Tank
1In 2011, natural gas distribution companies reported releasing 69 billion cubic feet of natural gas to the atmosphere. Many utilities companies charge customers for that loss under a "supply charge." According to a report by Sen. Edward J. Markey, consumers paid at least $20 billion from 2000 to 2011 for natural gas that was unaccounted for and never used.
Oilheat customers who use an underground tank for oil storage can enjoy a little extra peace of mind, because the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offers financial assistance in the event that oil is released from the tank.
The DEP reimburses tank owners for up to $4,000 of the cost of cleaning up after the tank owner has paid a deductible of $1,000. The tank must not exceed 3,000 gallons and must be used for storing heating oil for consumption on the premises. The leak must have occurred no earlier than January 30, 1998. Reimbursement is available for expenses related to excavating, emptying, cleaning, removing, transporting and disposing of a leaking storage tank; excavating contaminated soil; transporting and disposing of wastes; and restoring disturbed or contaminated areas by backfilling, grading and revegetating.
Costs associated with the removal of non-leaking storage tanks or with releases from tanks located in basements or cellars are not eligible for reimbursement. The reimbursement and the $1,000 deductible apply on a per tank basis.
All reimbursements are funded through the state Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund, which can allocate up to $500,000 per year. The program is in effect until June 30, 2017.
If a tank owner suspects that their tank may have released oil, they should begin by calling their Oilheat dealer. The dealer can help evaluate the situation and put them in touch with certified cleanup professionals. If a release is confirmed, the tank owner should report it to the DEP immediately.
For more information, visit the Storage Tanks Cleanup Program website, which explains how a tank owner applies for assistance. Please be aware that while the website information needs to be updated, the forms and contact information are accurate. You can also contact the Storage Tanks Cleanup Program in Harrisburg at 717-783-9475 or the Environmental Cleanup Program in your DEP regional office. If you prefer, you can e-mail the Tank Cleanup Program at email@example.com.