Most commercial and farm operations have a petroleum product storage facility on their business land. This could be in the form of a tank holding system for gasoline or diesel fuel, or a barrel holding oil storage. If you don’t have this on your premise, connect with us here.

Without a proper storage plan, this type of handling can present a danger to public health. This applies to many industries, like industrial, commercial, marine, logging, transportation and more. Read on to discover what you need to know prior to embarking on an oil storage system for your business.


When preparing your oil storage for the Spring, here are things to consider as a business.


1. There are two types of storage 

For petroleum product storage tanks, there are two types of storage options available – underground and above ground. An underground tank is installed so that at least 50% of the mass is below ground level. An above ground tank is located at or above the grade of ground level.


2. Western Oil works with businesses like yours to install on-site offerings 

Western Oil has a traditional focus on retail gas operations and has expanded over the recent years. We are experienced in the replacement or upgrade of older systems.

With the rapid growth of industries mentioned above, having back-up systems that are located off-site are not always optimal. That’s why we provide equipment and install services for fluid storage and handling systems.

We install the aforementioned underground of above ground storage tanks, as well as dispensing systems that are essential for commercial customers.


3. The location of your storage tank is important 

Undoubtedly, the location of an oil storage tank on any property is subject to regulations. Working with an expert team, you will have a greater understanding of not only where you can place your storage, you will also understand safety procedures around how to navigate storage as a business.


4. Keep your oil storage tank system in good condition 

Whether underground or above ground, it is important that your system remains in clean and good condition. We provide preventative maintenance inspections (PMIs) on such fuel systems to ensure that your system is well maintained and that problems attributed to wear and age will be remedied before you have a breakdown.

In addition to PMIs, every operator or an oil storage system must perform the following, in accordance with BC Law:


Management of the separator system

  1. Subject to subsection (2), every operator must do all of the following:
    • visually inspect the separator system weekly, looking for any evidence of petroleum bypass or any other condition which might indicate malfunctioning of the separator;
    • take action to correct any malfunction noticed under paragraph (a);
    • measure monthly the thickness of accumulated petroleum on the surface of the separator;
    • measure monthly the thickness of accumulated sludge in the bottom of the separator;
    • measure the thickness of petroleum on the surface of the separator immediately following an accidental discharge of petroleum to the separator;

The above is an excerpt, though information to be aware of when it comes to overall maintenance.


5. Consult with a professional prior to getting started

While the Environmental Management Act clearly outlines what needs to be done and made aware of when conducting oil storage on your property, it is important to consult with a professional as you navigate storage and overall maintenance.

At Western Oil Services, we work with clients like Coast Mountain Bus, Windset and Otter Co-op for overall support with retail and commercial maintenance.


If you are undergoing oil storage maintenance or installation this Spring for your retail or commercial property, or if you have questions about your current oil storage facility, contact us here to meet with one of our experienced professionals.