May 29, 2006

PEI, home oil firms co-sponsor tank inspection compliance incentive scheme

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI-The Prince Edward Island department of Environment, Energy and Forestry, in partnership with the Canadian Oil Heat Association, has launched an Oil Giveaway promotion as incentive for PEI residents to have their domestic oil tanks inspected ahead of the September 2006 deadline. The program, which builds on the success of a similar joint initiative in 2005, offers a chance to win one of four prizes of $750 worth of home heating oil. Changes made to provincial regulations in 2001 require all oil tank systems to be inspected by a licensed inspector by September 2006, and tagged with a PEI Aboveground Oil Tank ID Tag by September 2007. The tag indicates the date by which the tank must be replaced. The new requirements are intended to help eliminate the most common preventable causes of domestic oil spills, namely internal corrosion on tanks that are too old and improper tank installation. Since the regulations were introduced, an estimated 34,000 tanks have been inspected and tagged; some 16,000 still remain. There has also been a sharp decline in the number of home heating tank oil spills, from 179 reported in 2004 to 146 in 2005. This figure is significantly lower than the 262 spills reported in 2001 when the regulations were introduced. Only 60 of the 146 spills in 2005 involved quantities of five litres or more. Other partners in the promotion include Co-op Fuels, Irving Oil, Island Petroleum, K&M Home Heating, Kenmac Energy, Kerr Controls, MacInnis Fuels, Noonan Petroleum, Palmer Fuels, Souris Petroleum and Ultramar. More information is available from PEI Environment, Energy and Forestry, 902/368-5042, or on its Web site, www.gov.pe.ca/go/oilgiveaway.

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