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Oil Tank Removal Tips and Responsibility

Como Disposal - Friday, November 25, 2016

This information relates specifically to oil tank removal tips and responsibilities relative to Ontario Canada. Environmental concerns have led to increased awareness concerning oil tank removal responsibility on behalf of homeowners who currently use or previously used oil for heating their homes. Years ago, the use of fuel oil for heating was much more prevalent than today. As access to natural gas increased, many homeowners made the switch from oil and left their oil tanks in place.

What Prompted the Need for Oil Tank Removal

In many cases, oil tanks that were taken out of service were filled with sand and capped according to previous requirements before Ontario’s “Fuel Oil Regulation” went into effect. The new requirement from the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) puts the oil tank removal responsibility on the homeowner for unused oil tanks on their property.

The TSSA requires that all underground storage tanks must be registered with them. If the owner of the property ceases to use their tank, they must submit an application to the TSSA to determine whether it can stay in place or whether it needs to be removed. If it is determined the tank needs to be removed, it must be performed by a Petroleum Mechanic 2 (PM 2) who is registered with the TSSA.

Dangers of Not Removing or Improper Oil Tank Removal

An oil storage tank that is left underground is at risk for leaks, which can cause significant environmental damage. Even if the oil tank has been filled with sand and capped, moisture can still cause the storage tank to rust and leak oil. If a tank has been out of service for at least two years, the property owner is required by law to have it removed.

Contamination from oil leaks in some cases can cost a homeowner up to $50,000 or more if they do not have proper insurance on their tank or have failed to register their tank with the TSSA. Damage to the environment can include contamination to:

  • Surface water
  • Groundwater systems
  • Sewer systems
  • Soil

Tanks that are currently in service are also at risk of leaks from rusting. TSSA regulations require that oil tanks must receive maintenance every year by a TSSA-certified oil burner technician. Every 10 years, the tank must undergo a thorough inspection to ensure it is in good condition.

Oil Tank Removal Responsibility Falls on the Property Owner

It is important that before purchasing property that you verify that there are no abandoned oil tanks on it. If you assume ownership of the property, oil tank removal responsibility may transfer to you from the previous owner.

What is the cost of oil tank removal?

The cost of oil tank removal varies depending on whether it is a basement or above ground tank. If you have an oil tank that needs to be taken out, contact us for a low cost quote at (416) 252-6641 or email us at and we'd be happy to discuss your project with you.

By choosing Como Disposal, you are getting an all-around professional service for all your demolition and disposal needs including underground oil tank removal. We guarantee the lowest pricing, on-time service and quality customer care. If you have any questions you can call us at (416) 459-2516 or email us at and we'd be happy to help you out.

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