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How common are buried residential fuel oil tanks in Wilmington and what is the impact on a home’s value?

Buried residential fuel tanks (nonregulated UST’s, or underground storage tanks) are very common in the Wilmington area, said Gene Jackson, a regional supervisor with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

“Staff of the UST Section get involved with these type of tanks only when a release of petroleum is reported,” he said. “As for the impact on a home’s value I would have no way of knowing.”

From Gene Jackson, a regional supervisor with the NCDENR.


N.C. DENR’s Underground Storage Tank section

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