Tri State Environmental Services specializes in underground and above ground heating oil tank removals and abandonments in place. However the process can be overwhelming and financially intimidating, which is partly the reason so many petroleum storage tanks remain in place underground. The greatest potential threat from ignoring a UST left underground beyond its life cycle is that leaking underground storage tanks (USTs) or supply lines buried underground to aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) can cause the contamination of surrounding soils which ultimately effects groundwater quality, which is the primary source of drinking water for nearly half of all Americans.
If your tank has been underground for many years, you run the risk of having corrosion or wear holes that can breach the tank shell or the welded seams of the tank causing petroleum to leach into the environment due to its rusty, compromised condition. Being proactive can save expense and the stress of having to deal with a remediation situation in an emergency mode. If you have any questions on the process or the regulations do not hesitate to contact the professionals at Tri-State Environmental Services.