Pollution problems are dealt with by the Environmental Protection and Licensing Team. For more in depth information about the services provided use the links at the bottom of this page.
Leaking domestic oil tanks
Householders in the Forest of Dean district are being urged to check their domestic heating oil storage tanks as leakage and spillage incidents are on the increase. Domestic heating oil can cause major problems. It can contaminate the ground around and under homes, kill plants, harm wildlife, pollute rivers and contaminate water supplies. The cost of cleaning up spills can run into tens of thousands of pounds and not all such events are covered by household insurance. Householders are advised to take the following actions:
- check your tank and pipework regularly for any signs of corrosion damage, bulging, interference or leakage. If you spot a problem, get it fixed immediately. The smell of fuel is usually the first indication of a leak;
- keep a close check on how much oil you use – if it increases suddenly, you may have a leak.
Use the link to download the advisory leaflet Advice and Guidance on Domestic Heating Oil Storage.