Last Updated on December 22, 2021
Here is some great news!
- Not all oil tanks leak!
- Not all underground oil tanks that leak require an environmental remediation!
- Not all remediations are huge!
Not all oil tanks leak – In fact, most oil tanks don’t leak, but folks don’t normally hear about the oil tanks that don’t leak…they only hear of the huge costly oil cleanups. If there’s no sign of a release during the oil tank removal process (holes in the tank, staining in the soil, and/or petroleum odors), the oil tank excavation can be backfilled and you are all done!
Not all underground oil tanks that leak require an environmental remediation – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) allows a certain amount of contamination to remain in the ground as long as the levels are within standard. If there is evidence of a release during a tank removal, Quick will take soil samples and send them to a certified laboratory for analysis. If the results are within standard, then no oil tank remediation is necessary!
Not all oil tank remediations are huge – An environmental remediation is needed when contamination is present in the soil (and/or groundwater) above the DEP standards. Quick performs oil tank remediations regularly and most often, the areas affected by the release are very small. An average oil tank remediation can range in size from 9-25 tons of contaminated soil being removed. Oftentimes, soil contamination is highest right below the oil tank; the contamination tends to decrease further away from the oil tank location.
Since 2005, Quick Environmental’s team of certified and licensed environmental specialists have helped property owners clean up oil spills in New Jersey and Bucks County, PA. If you need an underground oil tank removed or an oil tank remediation done, give us a call!