Above Ground Oil Storage Tanks (PPG2)

2. Background

Oil is among the most common pollutants in the UK. Cleaning up oil spills can be difficult and expensive. Dealing with a spill will cause you and maybe your neighbours a great deal of inconvenience. Make sure you have insurance cover, not just to replace the lost oil. Your policy should include:

  • environmental clean up for accidental oil loss;
  • a high enough liability limit to cover you if neighbouring land and/or boreholes are affected;
  • the costs of cleaning up oil on your own property.

By following these guidelines you will reduce the risk of pollution caused by the poor storage of oil in above ground tank installations, poorly maintained tanks and unsuitable filling practices.

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