Oil is a valuable fuel, especially in rural areas, but it can be a source of pollution too.

Over recent years, there has been an increasing number of pollution incidents caused by faulty or badly maintained domestic central heating oil tanks. In some circumstances, drinking water supplies have been contaminated. Houses have been evacuated because oil in the ground has produced fumes that have made it impossible to live in the properties.

If you have a heating oil tank and you would like more advice on preventing spills and what to do in the unfortunate event of one happening, please see Icon for pdf Guidance - Domestic Heating Oil Spills [1.33MB].