Residential Oil Tank Services

Active Environmental Residential Oil Tank Services
Active Environmental Technologies, Inc. gets the job done quickly and efficiently.

Active Environmental Technologies, Inc. has been working with people just like you for 20 years. We have earned a reputation as a company that gets the job done right. And we have forged relationships with many major insurance companies which have made us a preferred contractor and consultant.

We are a full service environmental contracting and consulting firm, specializing in residential tank removal services and residential soil and groundwater remediation.

Whether you need a simple oil tank test, a conversion from an underground tank to an aboveground tank, or a full blown site clean-up, Active can get the job done for you quickly and efficiently.

Below are our major residential service offerings, with a description of each.

Please don't hesitate to call us at 609-702-1500 or email us at for more information about how we can help you.

Oil Tank Testing

There are a variety of reasons you may need your oil tank tested. The most common reasons are:

Underground oil tank testing
Have your underground oil tank tested by the professionals at Active.

Active's preferred method of tank testing, and the only method accepted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), is soil sampling. Soil borings are installed along all four (4) sides of the tank. The soils collected are examined for evidence of heating oil. Samples are collected from each of the borings and sent to a NJDEP-certified laboratory for analysis.

Based on the results of the soil sample analyses, Active will make recommendations concerning what to do next. Typically, it is recommended that the tank be removed from service and replaced with a new, safer aboveground storage tank system. Active provides free estimates for the removal of your old UST and installation of a new AST. For more information about Active's tank testing services, call us at 609-702-1500 or email us at

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Oil Tank Removal & Closure

An underground storage tank (UST) system can be a liability for a number of reasons. The oil tank could become corroded and leak into the surrounding soils, leading to an expensive cleanup. The presence of a UST on a property, whether it is leaking or not, can stall or even kill, a potential real estate transaction. Being proactive and converting from a UST system to an aboveground storage tank (AST) heating system could save you thousands of dollars!

Underground oil tank removal
Oil tank being removed by Active.

The Process

Unless Active has previously conducted tank testing services for you, a free site inspection will be performed prior to submitting to you any costs for oil tank removal services. During this site inspection, Active will determine the following:

Based on the information obtained during the site inspection, Active will prepare a proposal for the oil tank removal activities. Upon your approval of the proposal, Active will obtain the proper local permits. A date for the tank removal will be scheduled and a utility markout will be called in and completed, as required by law.

On The Day of The Oil Tank Removal

Active will arrive on site with the necessary equipment to complete the oil tank removal. All appropriate measures will be taken to minimize the impact to your property. Overlying soils will be excavated, exposing the top of the tank. A hole will be cut in the top of the tank and any remaining bulk liquids will be removed from the tank.

Upon removal of bulk liquids from the tank, the tank will be entered by an OSHA-certified technician, and cleaned in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the American Petroleum Institute (API). After the tank has been cleaned it will be removed from the ground and staged on 6mm polyethylene sheeting, where it will be visually inspected for holes by Active and the municipal inspector. The oil tank excavation will be observed for evidence of petroleum contamination. Once the oil tank has been cleared for recycling, the excavation will be backfilled to grade level with clean fill material and any non-contaminated overburden soils.

What If The Tank Leaked?

Oil tank removal reveals stained soils
Staining indicates release of oil into local soils.

In many cases, the tank removal is completed and no evidence of a leak or contamination is evident. However, sometimes the tank did leak and oil was released into the surrounding soils. In these cases, the following actions must be taken:

Be patient. Once you have notified your insurance carrier, they will generally commission a Third Party Coverage Investigation at your property. The purpose of this investigation is to determine whether an impact to a third party is evident. In many cases, such an impact will trigger insurance coverage for some, if not all, of the cleanup costs. Once the investigation is completed, it may take up to three (3) weeks for your insurance carrier to make a coverage determination. Be sure to request a copy of the report of findings from their consultant.

Above all, don't panic. You are not the only one who's had a leaking oil tank. We will be more than happy to help you through this process. And we are qualified to perform any necessary soil and ground water remediation at your property.

For more information, or to schedule a free, no obligation site inspection, contact us by phone at 609-702-1500 or email us at

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Oil Tank Installation

Typically, new tank installations are done in conjunction with the removal of an old tank. However, Active does perform tank installations as an individual service, as well. And as with our tank removal services, we will provide you with a free estimate.

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Active professional performing oil tank installation.

During the site inspection, our tank professional will discuss with you the important elements of the installation:

Upon your approval of our tank installation proposal, Active will obtain the proper local permits, and coordinate with you the date of the installation. Additionally, we will contact the municipality and schedule the required inspections.

On the day of the installation, Active will confirm with you the location for the tank. Lines will be run between the furnace and the new tank. Then, the proper inspections will be completed.

Upon approval of the installation, the tank system will be primed, and the furnace lit for you.

For more information about our tank installation services, please call us at 609-702-1500 or email us at

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Soil & Groundwater Testing

There are many reasons why you may need soil and groundwater testing:

Oil tank removal reveals stained soils
Soils collected from soil boring are examined for evidence of contamination.

Regardless of the reason, the process generally remains the same.

Borings will be installed at the site, and the soils will be examined for visual evidence of fuel oil contamination. Samples will be collected from locations that exhibit evidence of contamination. In cases where no evidence is apparent, samples will be collected as described in the regulations.

The soil samples are submitted to a NJDEP-certified laboratory for analysis. Sample results are usually available within ten (10) working days. Upon receipt of the sample results, Active will make recommendations regarding whether soil clean-up, or 'remediation,' is necessary at your property.

Oil tank removal reveals stained soils
Groundwater sample shows evidence of fuel oil contamination.

In many cases, groundwater testing is completed in conjunction with soil testing. One or more of the soil borings will be advanced until the groundwater table is encountered. The boring will then be converted into a temporary well point, known as a 'piezometer.' Measurements will be taken to determine the depth to the bottom of the piezometer and the depth to the groundwater table.

Groundwater samples will be collected from some or all of the piezometers. During sampling activities, observations will be made of the water to determine whether visual evidence of contamination of the groundwater is present. The samples will be submitted to a NJDEP-certified laboratory for analysis.

Groundwater sample results are generally available within ten (10) business days. Upon receipt and review of the groundwater sample results, Active will make recommendations regarding the need for groundwater clean-up, or 'remediation,' at your property.

For more information about our soil and groundwater testing services, please call us at 609-702-1500 or email us at

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Soil & Groundwater Remediation

When the soil sample results indicate contaminant levels exceeding state-mandated standards, then soil remediation is necessary. Prior to any remediation project being started, it is necessary to perform soil delineation. The purpose of the delineation is to determine the approximate amount of soils that will need to be remediated. Once the delineation is completed, a remediation plan can be developed.

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Remediation of contaminated soils in progress.

Typically, the site remediation involves the excavation and removal of the contaminated soils. The soils are then transported to an approved facility for disposal. This approach is generally the quickest and cheapest remediation strategy.

Active maintains a fleet of excavating equipment ranging from small mini-excavators to full-sized track mounted machines, as well as skid steer loaders, backhoes, and dump trucks - in essence, all the equipment necessary to complete soil remediation projects of varying size. We are a preferred contractor for numerous insurance carriers and consulting firms, and excel at completing complex excavation project, particularly those requiring stuctural support of dwellings.

For more information about our soil remediation services, please call us at 609-702-1500 or email us at

Likewise, if the groundwater testing indicates contaminant levels exceeding the State's groundwater cleanup standards, the groundwater must be remediated.

Generally, groundwater remediation is done in conjunction with a soil remediation project because, in most cases, the groundwater is contaminated through contact with contaminated soils. In these cases, groundwater can be remediated by various methods.

One method involves the use of a vacuum truck to remove the groundwater from the excavation and transport the water to an approved disposal facility. This method of transportation and disposal can become very expensive, and is not particularly cost-effective.

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Groundwater remediation via pump and treat system.

Another method of groundwater remediation involves the installation of a 'pump and treat' system. This system allows for the contaminated water to be treated on site and discharged back to the local groundwater, under the direction of various permits and authorizations from NJDEP. On site treatment and discharge is the most efficient strategy for groundwater remediation. Active is expert in the installation and operation of pump and treat dewatering and filtration systems.

In certain cases, only the groundwater needs to be remediated. Typically, remediation in those instances is achieved through Enhanced Fluid Recovery (EFR). A well is installed in the contaminated zone of groundwater, and the water is removed from the well by a vacuum truck. This can be an effective measure if the groundwater contamination is minimal. However, more severe groundwater contamination is most effectively remediated through the installation of a pump and treat system.

For more information about our groundwater remediation capabilities, please call us at 609-702-1500 or email us at

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Information For Realtors

Whether you are the agent for a buyer or a seller, Active can help you keep the sale moving in the right direction. We are capable of serving as both a consultant and contractor for your environmental needs.

Don't let your transaction tank because you weren't sure how to handle the complexities of the oil tank regulations. Contact Active today by phone at 609-702-1500 or email us at

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List Of Residential Services

Here is a complete list of our residential service offerings:

Storage Tank Management

  • Oil Tank Testing
  • Oil Tank Removal
  • Oil Tank Installation
  • Soil & Groundwater Testing
  • Soil & Groundwater Remediation
  • Reporting

Insurance Recovery

  • Third Party Coverage Investigations
  • Contaminant Plume Delineation
  • Forensic & Fingerprint Analysis & Data Interpretation
  • Cost Share Analysis
  • Environmental Damage Estimates
  • Litigation Support

Site Investigations & Remedial Investigations

  • Soil & Groundwater Testing/Sampling
  • Monitoring Well & Well Point Installation & Sampling
  • Contaminant Plume Delineation & Modeling
  • Historical Data Review
  • Remedial Investigation Work Plan Preparation
  • Reporting

Structural Support & Building Stabilization

  • Helical Pier Installation
  • Structural Stell Installation
  • Concrete Pier Construction
  • Sheet Pile Installation & Excavation Shoring

Geoprobe Subsurface Investigation

  • Oil Tank Testing
  • Soil & Groundwater Testing/Sampling
  • Contaminant Plume Delineation
  • Temporary Well Point Installation
  • Permitted Monitoring Well Installation

Call Active at 609-702-1500 or email us at for more information about how we can help you with your environmental needs.

Residential Oil Tank Services
Residential Oil Tank Services.

Active Environmental Technologies, Inc.
203 Pine Street
Mt. Holly, New Jersey 08060
Phone: 609-702-1500
Fax: 609-702-0265

Active Remediation Services
203 Main Street - Suite 332
Flemington, New Jersey 08822
Phone: 609-309-5017
Fax: 609-309-5023