There’s a hole in the tank at the Chisholm BP

By 19 March, 2006 9

The ABC has a story on 65,000 litres of unleaded (that’s $84,500 worth at this weekends ruinous prices) going missing through a hole in the main tank of the Chisholm BP.

The servo’s going to be closed for month while they undertake an expensive rehabilitation.

Fines are being considered, is that a good idea if they’re cleaning up after themselves?

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9 Responses to There’s a hole in the tank at the Chisholm BP
#1
johnno11:23 am, 19 Mar 06

“Fines are being considered, is that a good idea if they’re cleaning up after themselves?”

Yes.
Maybe the imposition of sufficient levels of fines will encourage those that store toxic substances, to implement storage monitoring that catches leaks before significant amounts of the stored hazardous material is able to flow out into the surrounding environment.
The fact they’re cleaning up after themselves is neither here nor there. I would suggest that if they decided to sit on their hands and not clean up after themselves, then they would be subject to legal action forcing a cleanup.

#2
johnno11:35 am, 19 Mar 06

Insufficient privileges to submit as a news item.

I thought it was worth mentioning that the Auckland Blues (as coached by David Nucifora) handed the Brumbies their asses at Eden Park. I don’t normally barrack for NZ teams. But in this case I made an exception after the poor treatment Nucifora received from the clowns running Brumbies rugby. I hope they are all enjoying a long bitter flight home from Auckland.

#3
johnboy1:15 pm, 19 Mar 06

patience grasshopper, it’s sunday morning and there wasn’t an admin around to promote new users.

You can sumbit stories now. I’ll put this one on with your name.

#4
terubo2:40 pm, 19 Mar 06

Any geologists or associated experts around, who can explain the consequences of 65,000 litres of petrol disappearing into the Chisholm substrata?
I wonder if it’s still safe for small boys to light up under the nearby Community centre…

#5
midnitecalla3:03 pm, 19 Mar 06

its going to get in to the water table for sure, any more on how the hole started? as i thought the tank footings were supposed to be level and smooth and with a catch membrane/ sump.

#6
Swaggie4:39 pm, 19 Mar 06

That Servo has been fenced off for the best part of a week already – it took a while for the ABC to get the story – Has it reached the Canberra Times yet? At least we know what the reason was now – we assumed it was just having some kind of redevelopment as we drove past.

#7
Vic Bitterman7:29 pm, 19 Mar 06

It’s been in the news for several weeks now – was in the Chronicle ages ago.

So it’s certainly not new news! (Always wanted to say that :-)

#8
natecv810:37 am, 20 Mar 06

Chisholm BP has been closed for many weeks. Here’s a release on the 4th of Feb, the day after it was closed:

http://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/20065/04.02.06_fuel_leak_detected_in_chisholm.pdf

Here’s a release from 17 Feb (weeks after it was first closed) by Environment ACT suggesting that it will be 3-4 months before the servo is open again:

http://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/20396/060217_Fuel_Leak_chisholm_.pdf

Sure, we could impose fines against them, but I promise you that the loss of revenue they have already suffered would be massive. I doubt this mistake will ever be made again.

#9
erewego11:34 am, 21 Mar 06

site remediation
or are BP crying poor?

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