Oil Tank Removal

Recent Changes to Regulations

As per SL 2015-41 Section 14.16B.(b) (page 226), from October 1, 2015, the Department of Environment Quality (DEQ) may not require that a responsible party take immediate action or initial abatement actions for leakage from a noncommercial underground storage tank (UST), such as an underground residential home heating oil tank. The noncommercial leaking UST Trust Fund will no longer be in operation for any release from noncommercial USTs not already reported to the State by October 1, 2015.

Though cleanup of soils contaminated by noncommercial UST releases may not be required, if a release has occurred the DEQ will still require the filing of a deed restriction for soils and groundwater prior to the conveyance or transfer of the property. This deed restriction may impact the value, saleability and redevelopment potential of the property. In such case it may be advisable to consider cleanup of the contaminated soils to reduce or remove any impact of a deed restriction.

The DEQ will be providing updated regulatory guidance during October 2015. The information on this web site will be updated as details are provided by the DEQ. It is still necessary to report releases from noncommercial (and commercial) USTs within 24 hours of discovery. We strongly advise that you contact Cedar Rock at 336-376-0394 to discuss your particular situation.

The regulations for a release from an above ground storage tank (AST) are unchanged. Site cleanup is still required when a release has occurred from an AST.


A leaking oil tank remains a potential environmental and financial liability.

If you are selling or buying an older property Cedar Rock can assist you by determining if an oil tank is present and whether or not it has leaked. Leakage from an above ground storage tank (AST) is potentially a huge liability for the purchaser of a residential property and may cause owners significant difficulties in selling their properties as well as a significant loss of value. In these cases, the removal of the leaking tank and associated contaminated soil will very often be required to satisfy applicable State regulations and lenders concerns.


Under current legislation, cleanup of soils contaminated by a release from a noncommercial underground storage tank (UST) may not be required. However, if the underlying soils have been contaminated it will be necessary to file a “Notice of Residual Petroleum” (NoRP) which will include soils and groundwater restrictions. These restrictions may significantly impact the value of a property and may make it much harder to sell. Consequently, it may be advisable to consider cleanup of the soils to remove the necessity for the NoRP, or to limit its scope. Even if cleanup of soil contamination is not carried out Cedar Rock would advise, that at a minimum, an underground storage tank should be properly abandoned in-place, to remove any further potential for leakage from the tank.

Experienced Oil Tank Services

Cedar Rock has served the citizens of North Carolina for over 20 years offering AST and UST inspection and removal services and associated environmental cleanup and assessment. Cedar Rock can assess a property by determining if a UST exists (sometimes there is no visible evidence), and if so determine whether or not it has leaked causing significant contamination of the surrounding soils. We can then recommend the best course of action for your situation. If it is decided that soil cleanup and assessment is preferable in your situation, Cedar Rock will have appropriate equipment on site to remove the tank with the least possible disturbance of the landscape. Any environmental assessment that is carried out must be performed by a NC licensed geologist or engineer.

The links to the left are currently being updated to properly reflect the applicable changes to North Carolina legislation made in September 2015. To discuss your situation, the changes to the Legislation, or to schedule a site inspection to check for the presence of an underground oil tank and/or soil contamination please contact us at 336-376-0394 or use our contact form.