Here is an excellent update on this issue from my colleague MLA Rob Fleming,
June 30th, 2015
Earlier this year, my colleague Lana Popham (MLA Saanich South) and I organized a well-attended public forum on home heating oil spills. Recent media reports confirm that this is a huge problem for greater Victoria homeowners. In many cases, the risk is posed by the unknown presence of backyard underground home heating oil tanks that were improperly decommissioned.
Victoria still has a large number of homes heated by oil - natural gas service was only introduced to the island in 1992. The number of home heating oil leaks is likely increasing as the tanks (both buried and above-ground) age.
Clean-up costs for homeowners can be massive, in several cases they have exceeded $100,000. I have constituents who suffered through exhausting and expensive legal proceedings for remediation and recovery of costs.