Protect Your Heating Supplies To Evade a Hefty Fine

Across the UK many heating oil consumers are being warned by their local council that they need to protect their heating oil supply from spilling out into the environment to evade a hefty fine.

In Yorkshire, recently, it was found that a heating oil supplier had delivered fuel to a tank located next a school, soon after the tanker driver left oil was found to be leaking from the outflow pipe of the tank and into the watercourse.

The fuel then dispersed via drains and riffles in the water body, the pollution from this source was visible up to 10 miles away.

An investigation was carried out and it soon became apparent that the tank that was leaking was from the school whom were storing fuel in preparation for the approaching Winter period. The heating oil was going to be used to power the central heating.

As a result on the 21st September 2012 a court hearing took place which saw the Environment Agency (EA) fine East Riding of Yorkshire Council £18000 for polluting the inland fresh waters.

Tracey Thompson, who is an Environmental Office for the agency, stated that she is overwhelmed that this issue has now been addressed as the impact of the spillage could have had a detrimental long term impact on the wildlife relying on the watercourse.

She followed on by stating that this should be an example to businesses and why they should take their environmental responsibilities more seriously.

As a result of the spillage the council is now surveying all of its heating oil storage tanks to make sure they are not leaking or posing any environmental threats.

As well as local councils, it is also important for homeowners who have stocks of heating oil stored away in preparation for winter to be vigilant about spillages on to the surrounding land.

David Hutchinson a spokesman for the agency’s environment management team said it makes complete sense for households to come together and negotiate better heating oil prices but we don’t recommend people ordering more heating oil than they can store in a safe manner.

Author: David Khan