What Happens When There Is A Leak In A Gas Tank? | Nava Wilson LLP

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When operating a gas station, one should be familiar with the Technical Standards and Safety Act but also, the forgotten Liquid Fuels Handling Code. The Code has requirements for licensing, corrosion protection systems, maintenance, testing, leak detection systems etc.

The Code provides the frequency and methods for testing and monitoring for the detection of leaks in tanks, piping systems and sumps.

Where a leak is suspected, the Code requires:

  • the owner/authorization holder of the facility or of the storage tank system, or
  • the owner of the property on which the equipment is installed, or
  • the user of the equipment,
  • or the driver,

to confirm whether a leak exists and shall determine the source of the leak.

Where a spill occurs, or where a leak is confirmed, or where there is discovery of petroleum product that has escaped into the environment or inside a building, the Code requires a notification requirement to the director via Spill Actions Centre of the Ministry of the Environment for operating fuel handling sites in Ontario.

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