facebook
twitter
search
search

Oil delivery to wrong address spells doom

Nov. 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A home heating oil delivery to the wrong address on Canada's Vancouver Island created a hazard and the house had to be torn down, officials said.

The new owner of the property in Saanich, a northern suburb of Victoria, was renovating the house and had recently switched from oil heat to electric, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Owner Terry Phillips said he had disconnected the underground tank and wasn't there when a tanker truck pulled up and pumped almost 80 gallons of oil into the disconnected tank.

"They got the wrong address," he said. "They filled up the tank. It went into the ground."

When the accident was discovered, it was significant enough to alert British Columbia environmental officials, the report said.

Hazardous materials contractor David Rogers told the CBC it was clear cleanup couldn't happen with the house standing.

"Quite often we can dig under the house and support it with concrete," he said. "Because of the way it is, and the underground oil tank here, we could not support the house and save it."

The oil company's insurance is responsible for costs, the report said.

Related UPI Stories
Topics: David Rogers
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Eli Manning explains pout face after Broncos' Super Bowl score
Watch Katie Holmes dance like Beyonce on 'The Tonight Show'
Warner Music to pay back licensing fees for 'Happy Birthday' copyright
Daring duo arrested for sex on Las Vegas' 550-foot Ferris wheel
Car spins out of control, lands on roof of California home