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(NYPost)   Heating oil company delivers 300 gallons to Brooklyn house. Homeowner: No tanks   (nypost.com) divider line 20
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2012-12-28 12:57:49 PM
7 votes:
Every year you read a few stories like this one, that could have been prevented by a $4 bag of Quickcrete and a $10 pipe cap added to the cost of replacing the oil system and removing the tank.
2012-12-28 01:09:14 PM
5 votes:
Jesus, people. If you're going to have your oil tank removed, have the goddamn filler pipe removed as well.
2012-12-28 12:56:59 PM
3 votes:
This is why you should weld the damn caps shut or remove them if there's no tank on the other end.
Could be worse. Last winter, one company filled about a dozen homeowners oil tanks with gasoline.
2012-12-28 02:39:24 PM
2 votes:

pinchpoint: I worked for an oil company a long time ago, and while you're correct the homeowner still bears some responsibility for not plugging the fill with cement, or removing it completely.


That's about as logical as claiming that if my neighbor down the street was getting roofing done and the crew showed up at my place and started stripping my shingles, it's my fault for having a roof that they mistook for the correct one.
2012-12-28 01:51:13 PM
2 votes:

foxyshadis: FarkerinMN: Nutwrench"This is why you should weld the damn caps shut or remove them if there's no tank on the other end.
Could be worse. Last winter, one company filled about a dozen homeowners oil tanks with gasoline."

seriously THIS!! That was the first thing I did when I removed my fuel oil tank, and I live in the country where this is VERY unlikely. I cant imagine trying to get the smell of diesel out of your house.

At least heating oil doesn't have much of a smell, though. If I remember right, it looks, smells, and feels pretty much like olive oil.


Heating oil IS diesel fuel (just not filtered as much as that which would be put in a car or truck). It most certainly does not smell like olive oil.
2012-12-28 01:32:34 PM
2 votes:

CheekyMonkey: Jesus, people. If you're going to have your oil tank removed, have the goddamn filler pipe removed as well.


This. Not that the oil company isn't responsible, but this was an easily avoidable issue.
2012-12-28 10:58:19 AM
2 votes:
Vinny Burns, owner of the heating-oil company, acknowledged that a mistake was made but insisted that everybody would get paid back.

The only holdup is that his insurance company wrongly sold him a policy that doesn't cover incidents like this, he said.


I don't think the insurance company feels the same way.
2012-12-28 06:56:41 PM
1 votes:

Superjew: I kind of feel like the oil company could counter-sue on the basis of the still-functioning oil pipe to the basement. Seriously, people, cap yo' shiat.


Is it against the law to have said pipe?
2012-12-28 05:27:18 PM
1 votes:

Billy Bathsalt: 100% the fault of whoever removed the tank and didn't weld the cap.


Or the guy that went to the wrong address. It's 100% of something somewhere.
2012-12-28 04:43:11 PM
1 votes:

Cataholic: data195: Cataholic: THX 1138: buzzcut73: Every year you read a few stories like this one, that could have been prevented by a $4 bag of Quickcrete and a $10 pipe cap added to the cost of replacing the oil system and removing the tank.

Seems to me that it could also have been prevented by the delivery driver reading the address correctly, which would have cost even less than your proposal.

You think implementing a system that would result in absolutely ZERO address errors wouldn't be expensive?

Would it cost less than $60,000?

I cannot envision a fool-proof system without involving RFID tags for pipe caps, and mobile GPS systems for drivers which were checked against all available public databases to ensure that the person who called and ordered the oil actually lived there. So, no.


We aren't talking about dropping a FedEx or UPS package off on the doorstep of some house. We are talking about dumping hazardous material into someone's home. If anything there should be a double and triple check sections of human interaction in regards to the address so that is not the point of failure. Perhaps when it was ordered they could mail something to home address that they sign and return to verify the address. When the company gets there, they could make a simple phone call to the owner to verify the address. There could be a lot done here that could assure that it doesn't happen without the fancy equipment and GPS systems.
2012-12-28 04:29:16 PM
1 votes:

MythDragon: Actualy I did get my water shut off. Someone at 2011 [streetname] lane didn't pay their bill, so they shut off my water at 2011 [streetname] road. Cost me a $50 'turn on fee' to get it back despite the fact they screwed up. They said they had to charge me 'because that's policy', but they would credit the charge to my account. And I couldn't do this over the phone, I had to take off work, go to the city treasurer office, stand in line for 45 minutes, and I ended up being without water for almost 2 days


Happened to me as well. They incorrectly shut off my water and wanted me to wait a few days for them to come and turn it on (was on a Friday). For whatever reason, the previous owner of my house had the tool to turn water meter valves. I went out to the street and turned my water back on, but never told the water company.

Also had cable disconnected when they were doing work in the box in my neighbors yard that feeds like ten house. I knew they had been working and after they left I went over and saw my cable (was labeled with my address) was not connected to the feeder post. I called the company verified that I was supposed to be hooked up. A week lead time to get someone out to fix it. Told them to send the guy over whenever. Right after that, I plugged my feed back in.

Unless the stuff is locked down, its really not that complicated to turn much of those feeds back on. Just make sure you are in the right to do it.
2012-12-28 04:11:10 PM
1 votes:

Superjew: I kind of feel like the oil company could counter-sue on the basis of the still-functioning oil pipe to the basement. Seriously, people, cap yo' shiat.


They went to the wrong address. I'm not sure how you can blame anyone but the asshole that pumped oil into the wrong house.
2012-12-28 03:38:07 PM
1 votes:

Billy Bathsalt: 100% the fault of whoever removed the tank and didn't weld the cap.


Really?! Pumping 300 gals of oil into a pipe sticking out of the ground, no matter why it's there, isn't a bit litigious on the pumper's part? It's not the home owner's fault that the driver was there at all, tank or no tank.

/pump it into my basement, I could use a new trailer (manufactured home)
// accidental fire? I would think so
2012-12-28 03:29:59 PM
1 votes:

Billy Bathsalt: 100% the fault of whoever removed the tank and didn't weld the cap.


Yeah, blame them for leaving that sexy cap all unwelded like that, just waiting for some oily hose to spill its load all up in it.
2012-12-28 02:35:39 PM
1 votes:
This happened to a friend of mine, it took a year before the house was declared fit for occupancy.
2012-12-28 01:34:20 PM
1 votes:

buzzcut73: Every year you read a few stories like this one, that could have been prevented by a $4 bag of Quickcrete and a $10 pipe cap added to the cost of replacing the oil system and removing the tank.


Seems to me that it could also have been prevented by the delivery driver reading the address correctly, which would have cost even less than your proposal.
2012-12-28 01:24:24 PM
1 votes:
Needs a lawyer who's first name is Oily. Plus you get some dental work done in between court dates. And you can get some copies of your birth certificate, too.

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2012-12-28 01:11:11 PM
1 votes:
I kind of feel like the oil company could counter-sue on the basis of the still-functioning oil pipe to the basement. Seriously, people, cap yo' shiat.
2012-12-28 01:07:06 PM
1 votes:
Invite the neighborhood kids for an indoor slip-n-slide.
2012-12-28 12:55:27 PM
1 votes:
They are looking for the Brooklyn

They are looking for the Brooklyn queens.
 
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