LETTER: Hidden hazards carry cost

House builders were previouisly permitted to bury galvanized steel tanks to store home heating oil. Considered to be such a permanent thing, some even had the tank filler cap concreted into the steps around the front door. What could possibly go wrong?

Insurance companies are refusing coverage to homeowners who have not removed buried oil tanks on their property. There is a proposal that sewage sludge pressure pipes be buried just a few metres from the front driveway of residential properties. What could possibly go wrong?

This has been presented as a permanent “hidden” alternative to the “visible” trucking of a hazardous waste along established heavy goods and truck routes that can be continuously monitored. Is it possible that insurance companies might refuse coverage to homeowners along the hazardous sludge waste pipeline route?

P.W. Bailey

Saanich

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