Cambria County oil company fined $145K over tanks

The state Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday fined Johnstown-based McKelvey Oil Co. Inc., $145,000 for failing to comply with a prior order and ordered the company to stop operating above-ground storage tanks of home heating fuel at two facilities.One of the facilities — Gilbert Brothers Oil in Ligonier Township — is a bulk fuel distributor with two tanks: one with a 75,000 gallon capacity and the other with a 128,000 capacity, according to a news release the DEP issued about the fine.

The other affected facility, in Stoneycreek Township in Cambria County, also distributes bulk fuel via 10 tanks with capacity levels ranging from 14,600 gallons to more than 29,000 gallons.

In October, DEP issued an order to McKelvey Oil by after the company failed to register the tanks with the state, the DEP said. The company also failed to make required inspections of the storage tanks, according to the DEP.

“McKelvey Oil is paying a steep price for failing to comply with state regulations that are intended to protect the public and environment by preventing storage-tank spills,” said Kenneth Bowman, the DEP Southwest Regional director. “Properly registering and inspecting tanks of this size is essential to preventing a tragedy.”

McKelvey Oil Co. principal William G. McKelvey could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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