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Caring for the environment if you have an accidental spill

Domestic oil tanks can help with an oil spill

Although very rare, accidental oil spills can happen and it is important to know what to do in the case of an oil spill in order to reduce it’s impact on the local environment. If you do have a spill then we can also refer you to our partner, Domestic Tank Services Ltd, who are a fully OFTEC and UK Spill Registered organisation who work along side the Environment Agency and have an exceptional reputation within the oil spill clear up field. Their 24 hour response teams are trained to deal with every spillage, no matter how large or small, in a professional, efficient and effective manner. For more details please call your local depot.

Isolate the spillage. This can be done by blocking any drains and preventing the oil from reaching any drainage systems or spreading away from the tank. For example put down absorbent materials: sand bags, drain cover’s. But be careful not to get the oil onto your clothing.

Call your local Barton Petroleum depot or Domestic Tank Services Ltd 24 Hour Emergency Response Unit 01386 853 030

Provide details for an Emergency Response Team to carry out an Emergency Pump Out:

  • Telephone Number and Address with Postcode
  • Tank Size and Capacity
  • Amount of Fuel Lost (approx)
  • Amount of Fuel Remaining in Tank (approx)

Stem the source of oil. One effective method for this, on plastic tanks, is to take a bar of solid soap (Imperial Leather type works) and rub carefully it into the damaged area – It really can be an effective way of temporarily stemming the flow from a cracked plastic tank!

If oil has already entered the drainage system then immediately telephone the Environment Agency Emergency Hotline (0800 80 70 60) and advise them of the situation. If the fuel oil has not entered the drainage system and you do not believe there is a risk of it doing so then there is no requirement to contact the Environment Agency

Wait for the Domestic Tank Services Ltd Emergency Response Team. Their fully trained technicians will help to advise you on the best course of action and secure the tank and area from further damage.