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Old 07-17-2017, 11:25 AM   #1
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Default Oil soaked rocks + dirt - what to do with it?

Had a hydraulic hose blow on our skid steer loader recently. Now I have real mess to clean up... What to do?

Had a big pile of approx. 2-3 truck loads of rocks of mixed sizes from around 1" to a foot in dia. that I had gathered from around our acreage after years of clearing the land & preparing it for use, building driveway/roads and building the house. Shortly after starting to dig the pile up to pull out rocks I wanted to save and bury the rest, a hose blew.

Now I have a real mess of oily rocks and oil soaked dirt mixed together of about 4'x4' in area. Have had a few hoses burst in the past and it's been on soft soil that I was able to dig up and put in 5 gallon pails. I used to be able to take the buckets to our local Case dealer for disposal but they won't do that anymore. I started to pick up some of the rocks yesterday. Didn't look that bad at first but picking up some of the rocks, they are coated with goo/oil on the underside. I have no idea how deep the oil goes either.

If this was just oil & dirt, I'd just dig until I got it all. How can I tackle this? Individually clean the larger rocks with soap & water?? That'd be a LOT of rocks to clean. Put the rocks into some kind of a container and take them somewhere that will accept them? Who takes contaminated soil these days and is it expensive?

To make matters worse, our surface well is about 20' away and I can't have the oil leaching through the ground into the well. This comes at a time when this is the last thing I need to deal with, plus we had such a wet and extended spring, the window of opportunity for working outside is much shorter this year.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:00 PM   #2
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near your mess create an area to put the rocks/dirt.

this area should be made in such a way that won't allow runoff

scrape away the topsoil, make walls/dam in a circle to contain and line it with something that can handle oil/water without breaking down.

then use excavator to transfer the contaminated stuff to your newly created 'safe' area.

this will buy you time until you figure out how to clean or dispose of it for good.

I'm not sure if this is the correct thing to do or not, but it's what I would do
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How much land do you have? I'd haul the pile to the farthest location from my shallow well and let mother nature deal with it.
If you have environmental concerns, then there are companies that put such material through a pass-through burner and burn off the chemicals. These are the guys that process fill materials from gas stations when leaky tanks are removed. Not cheap......

Guess that you could spread it out a bit and cover it with wood scraps/pallets and burn it on site.

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near your mess create an area to put the rocks/dirt.

this area should be made in such a way that won't allow runoff

scrape away the topsoil, make walls/dam in a circle to contain and line it with something that can handle oil/water without breaking down.

then use excavator to transfer the contaminated stuff to your newly created 'safe' area.

this will buy you time until you figure out how to clean or dispose of it for good.

I'm not sure if this is the correct thing to do or not, but it's what I would do
I like this if you are going to do it yourself.

Perhaps a pressure washer with a mild degreaser. You would need to pump the remaining liquid into barrels for disposal.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:21 PM   #5
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Call the EPA.
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That's a 6 figure phone call.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:32 PM   #7
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Get a small kiddie pool, and clean the rocks you want, and treat the run off. a good degreaser will render that oil somewhat safe to dispose of easily.
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Where are you located?

This sort of event happens all the time in the oil fields.

They handle it basically by burning the contaminated materials...

Here's a link. http://nerglobal.com/process-scroller/
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:36 PM   #9
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Where are you located?

This sort of event happens all the time in the oil fields.

They handle it basically by burning the contaminated materials...

Here's a link. http://nerglobal.com/process-scroller/
Yep, I'd be building a big backyard firepit, with a nice earth and rock berm around it for safety.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:39 PM   #10
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Diapers.

Wipe the rocks down with diapers.

That's how they cleaned up the beaches after the Exxon Valdez accident.

Actually, they were using oil absorbing pads called "diapers".

You can buy them at most construction supply or automotive stores.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:50 PM   #11
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Think about this before making the call, but does your insurance cover this? If you take action and it's wrong and/or makes matters worse, costs could increase exponentially and your carrier could then deny the claim, or at the very least deny to cover the "damage" you created. My wife handled environmental claims for years and it could get ugly. If that oil hits your well, that would be ugly.

a fender bender, you pay out of pocket to avoid insurance. If an ambulance shows up, you claim it and take the hit. You just need to decide if you need an ambulance or not...and the clock is ticking.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:58 PM   #12
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how much actual oil do you think is involved ?

I find it hard to believe that you need to do anything with the rocks you want to use, just use them. How much oil could there possibly be on them ? fractions of a cup ? Light hydraulic oil is not going to make a thick coating on a rock...

The big concern is the well, I would scrape the soil up and move it away.

We are talking about only a couple gallons or less ? right? Had a few hoses blow out myself, but the losses were luckily minimal.
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near your mess create an area to put the rocks/dirt.

this area should be made in such a way that won't allow runoff

scrape away the topsoil, make walls/dam in a circle to contain and line it with something that can handle oil/water without breaking down.

then use excavator to transfer the contaminated stuff to your newly created 'safe' area.

this will buy you time until you figure out how to clean or dispose of it for good.

I'm not sure if this is the correct thing to do or not, but it's what I would do
I'd be more worried about water entering from above, than contamination escaping from below. If you don't tarp it on top, rainwater will fill up your "pool".
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Pile some wood up and have a fire. Bacteria will take care of the rest
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Old 07-17-2017, 01:07 PM   #15
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That's a 6 figure phone call.
Lol! But hasn't the EPA been completely defunded now anyway??

We're in the very southwest corner of BC. I have every intention of disposal in an environmentally safe and compliant manner. We have 5 acres but there is nowhere left to bury anything, clean or not.

I know in the past it was common to bury garbage in pits on private rural property and lord knows what got buried. When an excavator was digging up many tons of clay and dirt for our house, I noticed the sole of a boot and beside it, an intact teacup from just after WWII that says "Japan Occupied" on the bottom. How it survived, I do not know.
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I'd be more worried about water entering from above, than contamination escaping from below. If you don't tarp it on top, rainwater will fill up your "pool".
Part f what I meant by clock ticking. A claimant had an under ground oil tank, he never knew had had, spring a leak. They raised his house, cleaned it up. But, it also ran to the neighbors pond, killing everything. You need to contain it.
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By the way, I know nothing about burning off the type of issue. I do recall a town in PA that tried to burn up some trash. The underground fire they started in the 70s should go out in another hundred years, maybe. Good ol' Centralia. You can see the coal smoke coming out from under trees. Ruined the entire town.

Just make sure you know what's around before you strike a match
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Since the oil quantity is limited to no more than the capacity of the skid steer, I am in the build a fire camp as long as you do not have a burn ban in place. Building a burn pile over the soil where the leak happened with your rocks nearby will draw out the oil, burn it off and help power a nice weenie roast. Just make sure it is not shale or sandstone which is likely to explode when it heats up. What is left of the oil after this fire will be a smaller quantity and less likely to contaminate your water supply.
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By the way, I know nothing about burning off the type of issue. I do recall a town in PA that tried to burn up some trash. The underground fire they started in the 70s should go out in another hundred years, maybe. Good ol' Centralia. You can see the coal smoke coming out from under trees. Ruined the entire town.

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LOL, you don't burn it in the ground.

You have a conveyor belt fed system that takes contaminated soil and runs it through a furnace.
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Yep! Bonfire! stir it thoroughly as it burns down to draw the oil out of the dirt. Realistically, How much oil did you have to replace after the hose blew?
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Where are you located?

This sort of event happens all the time in the oil fields.

They handle it basically by burning the contaminated materials...

Here's a link. http://nerglobal.com/process-scroller/
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Yep, I'd be building a big backyard firepit, with a nice earth and rock berm around it for safety.
Yep? You must not of looked at the link?

Take the dirt / rock to a place that processes the contaminated material.

If you leave it sit, rain will further the mess that you already have.

Throw a tarp over the area.. until you can get it loaded for processing.
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LOL, you don't burn it in the ground.

You have a conveyor belt fed system that takes contaminated soil and runs it through a furnace.
I figured. But I saw bonfire and figured redneck BBQ
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I would get a bunch of barrels and use it to store the material. Then you have time to think about it. I would probably make something so that I could burn it in a bonfire. Legally, around here 5 gallons is the threshold where a spill is reportable, meaning the hazmat people are supposed to be involved.
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Uhm...a blown hydraulic line leaked what? A cup of oil? This seems excessive for a little blown hose.
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Uhm...a blown hydraulic line leaked what? A cup of oil? This seems excessive for a little blown hose.
Agreed. I'm wondering, has it already spread from rain?
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I remember when my dad was helping with repairing my snow plow. We had the hose off and I pushed ram down some squirted out on his hand. He ran inside and jumped in the shower freaking out. I'll never forget that lol
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So a big skid steer holds 8-12 gallons of oil. How much did you have to add to get it back up to level? Oil on the ground looks like a lot more than what it is. As a guy once told me "it came from the ground it can go back in the ground..."
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I remember when my dad was helping with repairing my snow plow. We had the hose off and I pushed ram down some squirted out on his hand. He ran inside and jumped in the shower freaking out. I'll never forget that lol
Perhaps he was thinking it was skydrol?
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Agreed with what some others said, scoop up all the contaminated rocks and burn the oil off. Keep mixing the soil while its burning.
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So a big skid steer holds 8-12 gallons of oil. How much did you have to add to get it back up to level? Oil on the ground looks like a lot more than what it is. As a guy once told me "it came from the ground it can go back in the ground..."
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It doesn't sound like this is the Deepwater Horizon
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Can you get oil eating microbe powder and mix it in the dirt and let nature take its course?
Google oil eating bacteria for sale.
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Yep? You must not of looked at the link?

Take the dirt / rock to a place that processes the contaminated material.

If you leave it sit, rain will further the mess that you already have.

Throw a tarp over the area.. until you can get it loaded for processing.
- didn't figure the OP had a local world class hazmat incinerator... but maybe a big backyard firepit banked with rocks and dirt would be a possibility on his 5 acres....

When I was in college we probably used more waste oil than what he spilled starting a few of our bonfires...
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I wouldn't think it's enough to worry about. Start a fire......
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Volume wise, how much oil are you talking about? a gallon or two? Or hundreds?

Id be inclined to simply scatter the dirt and rocks, if it was under 5,10 gallons
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A cutting torch, burn off what you can see. Don't call anybody or you'll get nailed with a cleanup bill that will exceed your property value.
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No he knew what it was. I don't know what he was thinking
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start a fire on top of it
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Bury it...
Seriously call the local landfill
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Hadn't seen this stuff before- thanks for posting the link.
I had a tank remediated awhile back. Had a 15' deep hole in my front yard.

after they got all the smelly dirt out, they lined the hole with the microbe stuff before they backfilled. Just to help make sure that all traces of the diesel oil were gone.
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Build a fire and throw in the rocks
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Our landfill doesn't want the stuff. They do have an annual hazardous material dropoff drive at the works yard for paint and other household chemicals. They "might" take the dirt there they said but it's not on their list.

Fire?? Really bad time to be thinking about fire with much of the interior of BC burning from wildfires. Can't burn outdoors until Oct. - too far away.

As to how much oil I lost, I just don't know. I *think* it started as a slow leak for a few seconds before it really popped and when it did, I didn't quite notice at first as I had paused for a moment to scan the pile. Chewing into a big pile of rocks is pretty noisy too. I grabbed a 5 gal. pail of oil and dumped it in until it came up to the fill mark and wasn't noting how much of it was used.

I think I will put the mess onto a couple of tarps as suggested, and asap then decide what to do. I can hand separate the larger rocks and maybe rake the smaller ones out and hopefully get the dirt into some 5 gallon pails. I don't know how deep it has penetrated the ground.
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Isn't hydraulic oil based on mineral oil. Since it's not contaminated with by products of combustion I doubt it's all that bad environmentally.

I would lay low/tell no one and find the best solution to keep it away from being part of water runoff. Use a weed burner to burn as much off as you can and spread out the rest.
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The EPA already knows about your superfund site thanks to NSA monitoring of this forum.
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Don't they still use oil to keep down the dust on gravel roads?

If we're talking about less than 5 gallons, I actually might consider spreading it out.
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Don't they still use oil to keep down the dust on gravel roads?

If we're talking about less than 5 gallons, I actually might consider spreading it out.
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Isn't hydraulic oil based on mineral oil. Since it's not contaminated with by products of combustion I doubt it's all that bad environmentally.

I would lay low/tell no one and find the best solution to keep it away from being part of water runoff. Use a weed burner to burn as much off as you can and spread out the rest.
In our Case skid steer, it uses the same type of 30 wt. engine oil which makes it easier to keep one type on hand in the shed.
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Don't they still use oil to keep down the dust on gravel roads?

If we're talking about less than 5 gallons, I actually might consider spreading it out.
Oil does dry out somewhat doesn't it?

I don't think they do that anywhere in Canada anymore due to environmental regs. I saw a sign in Wa. state recently that said the roads were just oiled.

When I was a kid back in the 50s & 60s my parents had a summer cabin and once a year public works came along and oiled all the gravel roads for the summer. Mom used to throw a fit because we'd track oil in on our thongs. (Now they call them flip flops and you won't ever catch me wearing thongs these days...) It was right next to the ocean too and couldn't have been the greatest thing for marine life.
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Damn it this doesn't need to be this complicated. OP how much oil did you have to add to get it up to level? What model skidsteer you got? Some of the older units held less than 5 gallons. Seriously guys....
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Our landfill doesn't want the stuff. They do have an annual hazardous material dropoff drive at the works yard for paint and other household chemicals. They "might" take the dirt there they said but it's not on their list.

Fire?? Really bad time to be thinking about fire with much of the interior of BC burning from wildfires. Can't burn outdoors until Oct. - too far away.

As to how much oil I lost, I just don't know. I *think* it started as a slow leak for a few seconds before it really popped and when it did, I didn't quite notice at first as I had paused for a moment to scan the pile. Chewing into a big pile of rocks is pretty noisy too. I grabbed a 5 gal. pail of oil and dumped it in until it came up to the fill mark and wasn't noting how much of it was used.

I think I will put the mess onto a couple of tarps as suggested, and asap then decide what to do. I can hand separate the larger rocks and maybe rake the smaller ones out and hopefully get the dirt into some 5 gallon pails. I don't know how deep it has penetrated the ground.
Well that is true about the fire, I would still dig it up and put it into a burn container and then cover it and wait until burn season?
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Put in 1 or more 30 gallon trash cans and every week put about a 5 gallon bucket worth or so into your regular trash for pickup until its gone. You could put in a larger quantity if your trash company allows it. Where i live your not supposed to put large quantities of dirt in the trash. I don't see how disposing of oil soaked dirt and rocks is any different than used cat litter or floor dry.
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What do you think asphalt is made of?

Hint: Pavers often refer to "edge of oil".

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I worked for a very environmentally conscious timber land owner. The loggers lost a hose on their pulp loader, and lost 12 gallons of oil, which looked like the exxon valdez. This was in the middle of a gravel road. A ton of time was put into trying to contain the spill, an excavator was brought in, a depression dug heavy tarps laid down and all the contaminated material was piled there to prevent any kind of runoff. Then the state environmental agency was called to see what they wanted us to do with it. It was a 2 minute conversation: "Was the spill less than 15 gallons?" "Yes" "If you've already collected the contaminated soil, we recommend spreading it out in a flat gravel area like a gravel pit or infrequently used side road away from water sources and let it oxidize" This was an exact description of where all of the soil was collected from, so as it was getting dark the same excavator spread it back out on the road and we all laughed about it. This was in Maine, YMMV with your local environmental authorities

Probably the oil hasn't sunk in that deep. You say you have acreage if your skid steer is fixed, just take the soil well away from the well and call it good.
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I know I would never post about it on a forum if it happened to me.
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Pretty sure if he was in the USA this would be a non issue if not a commercial operation. I know in the past here you could bury hazardous waste you personally generated on your property on your own property.

It only became a problem if it contaminated adjacent property.

If it was me and it was 5 gallons or less I would spread some dispersant (could be as simple as dishwashing liquid) on the area after I removed the contaminated soil/rocks and flush with water.

Depending on my level of paranoia I might individually wash the affected rocks or pitch a 5 gallon bucket every week in my trash.

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Off topic but...I called DEP and EPA on a large amount of oil and antifreeze being dumped into rain water run offs. I had good video of it at the last pipe before it ran into the monongahela river. Nobody really cared unless I knew who was doing the dumping. Made me so mad. Think about that before you beat yourself up with a small spill.
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Usually the reporting quantities on diesel and hydraulic fluid are at 55 gallons. So you most likely don't have a reporting requirement. I would scrape it up to get it away from the well and if you can get the microbes mix them in, and spread it over a larger area away.
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Or, you could go old school by mixing in a goodly amount of fertilizer in that oil soaked dirt to stimulate the naturally occuring oil eating microbes. Where do you think the oil eating microbes the pros spread on oil spills come from? A lab? Nope. In Texas they have been spilling oil on the ground for a very long time, so there are oil eating microbes in the dirt all over.
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Looks like 100 Liters is the reportable level: Spill Reporting Regulation

And the folks that can help: Soil Reclamation Plants Companies near British Columbia
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Sometimes you just take care of stuff yourself and involve the least amount of people possible, including alphabet agencies.
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Sometimes you just take care of stuff yourself and involve the least amount of people possible, including alphabet agencies.
I agree in theory. But once you've posted what happened on the world wide web, and your location, that point is moot.
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Looks like 100 Liters is the reportable level:

I doubt his skidsteer spilled 26 gallons of fluid.
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You won't believe the number of go'vt folks that have showed up since I posted this a few days ago.

Problem with regulations is getting someone to take action and enforce them. In our rural municipality, there are many trucking/excavating companies operating on farm land here. Totally against the local bylaws and provincial regs. but they have been doing if for decades. You have to know that there is lots of oil and other contaminants that intentionally or unintentionally get into the ground and they turn a blind eye. We have one of them two properties away and when I complained a few years back they said "we will put it under surveillance". Now it has grown to a huge business with dump trucks and equipment coming and going all day 7 days/week. Some of these businesses get hired by local gov't so is a conflict of interest.

Interestingly, a couple of years ago the provincial gov't put a stop to farm land owners from hosting weddings and receptions. Wow, that is so environmentally bad... But trucking operation are just fine.

Anyway, today I'm finishing off the mess and laying it out on some tarps to let those microbes go at it. The rocks are covered in goop and are not fun. Also, we recently switched to a private garbage pickup service and they will apparently take a few sealed 5 gallon pails of the contaminated dirt. No idea what they do with it tho. but we have to mark what's in it.
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Just getting back into the forum after holidays. I would have suggested calling one of our local oil tank recovery companies. The one I use in N Van is almost slow enough to answer the phone this year. Last year before Christie hit the breaks on real estate in Aug they wouldn't even answer voice mail they were too busy testing sites for tanks and removing for all the sales.
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In this state ANY amount of oil that hits the ground needs to be reported to the proper authorities, state or provincial EPA, DEP, or DEC, or even the state cops. they can tell you who to report it to. here not reporting a spill is the crime.

It was an accident and not a deliberate thing.

So I would just report it to them and let them make the decision on what is best way to handle it. Stuff like this happens every day everywhere.
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