In the days of yore, commercial oil tanks used steel Underground Storage Tanks or UST’s to store petroleum products. Underground oil tanks were an effective means to heat as well as transfer the energy. However, they come with a downside – Underground storage tanks have a limited lifespan. Such containers are susceptible to corrosion and rust. Once the tank shell corrodes or welded seams break, the oil or petroleum material may seep into the environment, leading to an environmental hazard.
Heating oil tanks that are buried deep into the ground poses a variety of threats to the safety of humans, resources, the environment. If these tanks leak due to any reason, the oil can contaminate the soil and groundwater. Moreover, cleaning the soil or preventing further contamination of water raises economic liabilities.
Given all the environmental concerns associated with leaking underground oil tanks, both Virginia State and Federal environmental regulatory bodies are encouraging the removal and replacement of single-wall steel underground oil tanks.
In this article, we have covered some significant reasons why commercial oil tank removal is essential.
- The upkeep cost of oil tanks is high: Oil tanks, whether it’s underground or above ground, are costly to maintain. When