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Do you live on Vancouver Island and need to remove an oil tank. ?

A1 Oil Tank Removal & Remediation are environmental consultants when it comes to the removal and & remediation of oil tanks.

Residential heating oil storage tanks have been installed and used in Canada for over 60 years, and because of the age could be hazardous to the environment.

There are two types of oil heater tanks:

Aboveground tanks (typically found in basements or outside of a home) and underground tanks (buried).
Many of these storage tanks are now abandoned or unused, as alternative heating sources such as natural gas, propane, and electricity have become available. Underground storage tanks are a concern because they are a potential source of contamination of soil and groundwater. They also pose a fire and explosion hazard under certain conditions.

British Columbia Provincial Law


The B.C Fire Code now requires the removal of any underground oil tanks that have been out of service for more than two years. Licensees who are involved with the sale of a property that contains, or is thought to contain, a buried oil tank should be aware that this is a concern and should also be aware of their duties with respect to disclosure.

Some other possible reasons why you would want to remove an oil tank either above ground or underground.

  • Due Diligence
  • Improve the environmental conditions of their property.
  • Satisfy a lender, prospective purchaser, insurance agent or local government.
  • Remove high risk conditions.
  • Avoid a negative impact on property value.

Unused underground tanks are required to be removed and any contamination cleaned. Investigations show that old, rusting underground tanks and poorly maintained and defective heating systems are the leading sources of oil leaks and spills. These leaks and spills can result in serious environmental damage and costly clean-up repairs for homeowners.

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A leaking oil tank in the basement can become a serious fire and environmental hazard. Inside or outside the house, it can contaminate groundwater, affecting wells or other drinking water supplies nearby.