Monday, May 19, 2008

Removing the underground storage tanks at Jensen's Auto on Madison's Regent Street

Removing Underground Tanks at a Madison Service Station
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.

3 comments:

sssssssssstu said...

and for what it's worth... they did a real nice job fixing my car recently... i'll go back.

froggyprager said...

Thanks for the photos, I work in this business but don't actually see the work being done much - and I drive by that place all the time. The $25,000 number is an old average of what it costs to upgrade the tanks, take out the old and put in new better ones. The cost to take them out is actually much cheaper. $5000 or less. The cost of cleanup if it leaked is much more but there is state money to pay for it.

I have always wondered about this place becuase the gas pumps are usually closed. Do they want to be a gas station? Did you seem do any environmental testing of the soil or put in new tanks?

Madison Guy said...

I don't think they've pumped gas for quite a while. As far as I know, they're just a service station now -- though if they put in new tanks, that would probably be a good location for a gas station again. Since the tanks looked as if they were fiberglass, I wouldn't think there was any contamination. I assumed they were just taking out the tanks to simplify any future sale of the property. Wouldn't want gas tanks in the basement of a new condo...