The Eastern Graphic
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Victim of Oil Theft Moves Tank Indoors
APM president Tim Banks says the cost of cleaning up an oil
spill at the former House of Excellence in Montague is “a
cost of doing business.”
In this case, Mr. Banks said the cost of doing business was
in the range of $35,000 to $38,000 to clean up oil spilled
on the ground after the tank was vandalized and oil was
stolen about a month ago.
Mr. Banks said his company found the spill while one of
APMâ€™s maintenance managers was doing a check on the
property. “He took his routine walk around the property, and
noticed the oil line was disconnected,” said Mr. Banks.
He said the company immediately called the RCMP and the
Department of Environment.
Danny McInnis, field supervisor with the Department of
Environment, said the department was notified of the spill
on November 8, and the site was cleaned up between November
8 and 10. Mr. McInnis said the department excavated the
contaminated soil, and tested the soil on-site.
Mr. McInnis said the 417 tons of contaminated soil, dug up
by the department, was hauled to the East Prince Waste
Management Facility to be cleaned, and the hole was
back-filled with new soil. Mr. McInnis said there was no
groundwater contamination form the spill, since his
department was notified shortly after the spill happened.
Mr. Banks does not know how much oil was stolen from the
tank, but he speculated that whoever did it probably used
five-gallon containers to transport the oil. The oil tank
was located at the back of the building prior to the
incident, but it has since been moved inside.
Mr. Banks offered words of advice to anyone who has an oil
tank outside of their home or business. “You want to make
sure youâ€™re checking them on a routine basis,” he said.
Mr. McInnis said the Department of Environment recommends
placing oil tanks inside building whenever possible, because
the tank and its contents are more secure, and protected not
only from vandals, but from the elements as well.
“Itâ€™s unfortunate that people are up to this these days with
the price of oil,” said Mr. Banks.
Mr. Banks said the House of Excellence building has been
rented to Frenchies. Business owner Judy Taylor, of Murray
River, is opening the used clothing store because, “with the
economy today, people canâ€™t afford to go pay the big bucks
for clothing,” she said.
Ms. Taylor is spelling her businessâ€™ name a bit differently
than other Frenchyâ€™s because her own first name, Judalon, is
different from anyone elseâ€™s.
“When I opened my business I wanted it to be my Frenchies,
my goal, my business,” she said.
Ms. Taylor is currently getting her business ready to open
on January 2, 2007. She also is an artisan and will
eventually sell her crafts, from quilts to angles to flower
arrangements, at the store.