Remove underground tank or leave it?
Sorry if this is in the wrong place, but this does relate to us selling the house.
We just pulled out a tree in our front yard and before we replace it are considering removing an old 550 gallon oil tank that is in the yard. The cost, after state funds is $800 out of pocket.
The tank was "abandoned", but we have no paperwork for it, other than a permit (no post-inspection paperwork, which should be standard). I personally believe there is no issue with the tank, as I spoke to the person who "probably" did the job (could not remember exactly 10 years ago and doesn't have paperwork for it either) and assured me they never pulled a permit for a job that wasn't done (since they collect half payment in advance).
The issue for me is that these underground oil tanks seem to be a hot issue here in Northern NJ. When we go to sell, I have no actual evidence that the tank was closed according to regulations. I personally do not care, BECAUSE I do not think it is leaking and do believe it was done properly but that is not really going to help me when we sell the house. Once we put a tree back in it will really make the process more complicated.
Does anyone really care about these USTs? We are on natural gas now. The other issue is the can of worms we open, IF, it was leaking. Again it is not my belief, but a small possibility.