Is this in ground oil tank related?


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Old 05-25-18, 05:04 PM
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Is this in ground oil tank related?

My boss is selling her home and a buyer is questioning the details of removal of an in ground fuel oil tank. The in ground tank was removed in the 80ís and the co. that did the work is no longer in business. She snapped these photos of what appear to be a long valve handle that was under a metal cover in the lawn and also a pic of with the cover off. This is in the state of CT.
Anyone have knowledge of how these used to be done? House is from the 1950ís. Iím guessing the round handle and threaded rod might have been an oil shut off outside the house. Youíll see it just leaning up against the house in one of the pics. She says it was sitting under the metal cover not connected to anything. I do know that the old tank was removed, but not sure what this leftover evidence is.

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Old 05-25-18, 06:54 PM
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Pics ain't going to work because they are private. Best to insert you pictures into a post. How to insert pictures.
 
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Old 05-25-18, 07:36 PM
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Sorry about that Ray.
Thanks for letting me know you couldnít see them.
I just changed the access.
 
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I could see the pictures but the extension wasn't correct. It was easier for me to post them for you.
 
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thanks very much!!
Does this look like a shutoff was here once?
 
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I've never seen or heard of an outside shutoff for an oil tank,
That looks more like an old water shutoff,

Is there any type of pipework directly inside the basement in that area ?
 
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Old 05-26-18, 09:07 AM
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Two pipe system. Iím inclined to think shutoff only because of the bronze handle. Beefier than a water shutoff.
 
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For your Boss's sake, I hope it's not evidence of a a below grade fuel tank that was previously removed. As a Real Estate Broker, these old tanks have killed many a transaction and obtaining the necessary certifications that if it was removed, all of the soils were clean and free of petroleum residues is a long drawn out process.

Supplying that proof is difficult here in Vermont; and it's my understanding that it's even more difficult in more heavily populated jurisdictions.
 
 

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