Monday, May 19, 2008
Removing the underground storage tanks at Jensen's Auto on Madison's Regent Street
Quite a process. I've read that it's an expensive proposition (the national average started at $25,000 a tank 12 years ago and went up from there, and I assume it's higher now). You could see why when I stopped by early last week and took these photos. There was a huge Caterpillar excavator and a crew of several guys to remove the two tanks from the service station that hasn't pumped gas for a number of years. Once the tanks were out of the ground, they used the excavator's shovel to smash big holes in both ends of the tanks. I assumed this was partly to decommission the tanks so that they stayed decommissioned, and partly to provide ventilation for any lingering fumes. The man working on the tank at right seems to be wearing a respirator.