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Steve Rich ‘Clear and Free’ Program – Free Oil Tank Removal in New Jersey-New York!

Remove and/or install a new oil tank with no worries, and no hassles. Do it clear and free today! Steve Rich Environmental Contractor’s (SREC) is pleased to be able to offer you an opportunity to work with our company and the State of New Jersey to ease your financial burden through the State’s Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Program (PUST).

Our team of experts understands the rules and regulations of the PUST program. With the help of the State’s program, SREC has developed our own program for homeowners to remove or abandon an old underground storage tank (UST) and an installation of a brand NEW oil tank, absolutely FREE. Planning on converting to gas or alternative energy? Not a problem, this program is also designed for just removing an underground storage tank as well. SREC will remove the old oil tank FREE of charge.

If you meet the following requirements, you are on your way to safeguarding your existing or new home CLEAR and FREE of any environmentally concerns that may have surfaced with continued use of an old UST.


Eligibility Requirements for the CLEAR and FREE Program:

[Requirements needed to remove and/or install your tank completely for FREE. If you don’t meet these exact requirements, additional charges will apply, and our sales team will discuss the charges with you.]

The UST must have clear and easy access for equipment and to perform the physical work to remove and/or install the tank. *
Flexible Schedule — Allow SREC the flexibility of when the work will be completed. *
Must qualify for the grant money through the NJEDA. Click here for more information on the grant program.
  * An explanation of these requirements are noted below.


Have questions yet?
Call our office and speak to one of our experts.
1-877-7-DEPEND or 973.458.1188
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Here’s what SREC will do for you:

  Oil Tank Removal
Reimburse your $250.00 grant application fee.*
Help you complete the necessary forms to apply for the grant program.
Compile all the necessary documentation to submit with the grant application.
Apply for the permits through the local municipality.
Schedule inspection with the municipality.
Backfill site to grade (no site restoration, topsoil, concrete, etc). A quote can be provided to do complete restoration.
  New Oil Tank Installation
Apply for the permits through the local municipality.
Schedule inspection with the town.
Supply a UL listed 275 gallon tank.
Transfer enough oil for startup of the new tank system.
All associate piping to the boiler.

SREC recommends that your oil company complete a startup upon completion of the installation.

  Eligibility Requirements for Clear Access
for an Underground Storage Tank
The tank must be accessible for a small backhoe or bobcat type machine. Can SREC still complete the work if it is tight access? Yes, we can even hand dig if needed, but other charges will apply.
Underground utilities can not be near the tank. The State of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities mandates under penalty of law that no excavations by machinery can occur within 24” of a marked utility.
The tank must be free of any contaminants inside the tank, dirt, water, other debris.
The homeowner must help SREC the day of the job to secure parking for our trucks so equipment and labor are near the work site.
  Eligibility Requirements for Clear Access
for the Installation of a New Tank:
Access and egress must be clear.
Area of install must be clear.
Tank must be within 20 feet of boiler.
Tank lines will be exposed ( under the Free and Clear program SREC cannot run lines through a finished basement)

Eligibility Requirements for Flexible Schedule:

SREC requires that your project be coordinated with other projects in your town and surrounding towns so that two projects can be completed in one day. Consequently, SREC requires that the project not be rushed and provided ample time to schedule the work.


What does that mean?

In the towns that SREC is offering the CLEAR and FREE program, we typically complete at least 12 to 24 projects each year. That means that the typical waiting time once we receive the signed contract and obtain all approvals, is under 1 month.

** Restrictions apply: SREC requires the homeowner to pay $250.00 application fee if the homeowner is denied the grant money, or backs out of contract. Upon completion of project, a two party check (payable to SREC and the homeowner) will be issued, at which time the homeowner will sign over to SREC. We will reimburse the application fee of $250.00 at that time.


Costs that may be incurred:

Customer responsible to pay the following if applicable:

• Town or city permits if required (most require) — SREC will complete the permit application and submit.

• If the tank contains water or has been previously filled, and the tank was not cleaned properly and the soil is contaminated, customer is responsible to pay for disposal.

• Police and traffic control if required. Some towns/cities require a police officer to be on site if work is being done on a very busy road. Customer to pay police officer directly.

• Traffic signs if required.

Call and speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives to get more details. 1-877-7-DEPEND.

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Good home-repair books are a must for the toolbox

Do-it-yourselfers are made, not born — the successful ones read and follow directions. And the successful how-to book is the one that provides information succinctly, with plenty of clear illustrations, on projects that fit the skill levels of both the experienced and the neophyte.

Need to know: Not all how-to books are the same. Some dwell on the writer’s experience; others are limited to a particular topic, such as electricity or plumbing; many are just design books with pretty pictures. Greatest value for the money comes in books that provide insight into a variety of topics, are useful when you’re making minor alterations and repairs, or give background knowledge for when you deal with contractors or salespeople, so you don’t sound stupid.

Buyer beware: More than three decades of home-improvement TV has transformed the how-to book from unillustrated, wordy tome into picture book with expanded captions. But another result is celebrities lending their names to works actually penned by kids just out of college who wouldn’t recognize a reciprocating saw if they saw one. Don’t be fooled by a familiar face on the cover. It’s what’s inside that counts.

Web extras: How-to books have a short shelf life, primarily because products and tools change almost daily, and thus techniques do too. Many publishers now use Internet sites to provide continuing updates to their books, including animated step-by-step instructions and how-to videos, as well as links to products and services. Books with those add-ons are good buys.

The classics: These should be on every bookshelf.

— “Home Book” (Creative Homeowner Press, $40). A lot of do-it-yourself books assume the reader either has experience or will get better over time. This one does neither. It doesn’t shy away from complicated projects, such as installing a window or building a deck. But it also knows what’s most important to a typical homeowner, devoting several pages at the beginning to dealing with household emergencies — what to do in a power outage, for example. It provides basics on hand and power tools, but focuses on what you need to know rather than what is interesting to the writer. For the big stuff, there’s a remodeling guide that focuses on hiring professionals and, if necessary, resolving disputes with them.

— “Reader’s Digest’s New Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual” ($29.95) goes a bit deeper into tools, including use and maintenance, and has more complicated projects for the high-end DIY type.

— “Reader’s Digest’s New Fix-It-Yourself Manual” ($35) is a rehab of the 1977 edition, dropping sections on auto maintenance and bookbinding in favor of VCR and teddy-bear repair. It’s simple, well-illustrated and, at 448 pages, thorough.

— “Outdoor Projects 1-2-3,” from Home Depot and Meredith Books ($24.95), is a volume of few words and many illustrations. Its chief selling point is its “Skill Scale,” which gauges how long a job will take based on your level of expertise. For example: “Building a patio roof requires carpentry skills. It will take 40 hours for the experienced person, 60 for those with intermediate skills, and 80 for the beginner.”

— “Reviving Your House: 500 Inexpensive and Simple Solutions to Basic Home Maintenance Issues” by Alan Dan Orme (Storey Books, $14.95). This is a must-buy. It will help you develop a checklist for keeping your house whole.

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NJ unemployment makes biggest jump since 2006

New Jersey’s unemployment rate increased to 5.4 percent in May, making its largest monthly jump since April 2006. The figure is in line with the national unemployment surge last month to 5.5 percent, up from from 5 percent in the biggest national jobless jump since 1986.

“Clearly, the national labor market is struggling, and New Jersey is consistent with that trend,” said State Labor Commissioner David Socolow.

He urged the federal government to provide extended unemployment insurance benefits, “so that job seekers will have additional support while they look for work in this uncertain economy.”

Total employment was virtually unchanged in May, as New Jersey added 100 jobs to bring the workforce to a total of 4,071,700.

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Drilling off shore unlikely : NJ Gov. Corzine

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine does not expect oil drills off the coast now that President Bush has lifted an executive ban on such exploration.

Corzine notes that Congress would have to take similar action, and a state would have to agree, before drilling could start.

The Democratic governor says drilling would have no short-term benefit to rising gas prices and would only accentuate the nation’s “addiction to foreign oil.”

New Jersey has 127 miles of bathing beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, which comprise a large part of its tourism industry.

Corzine was among several top New Jersey Democrats who last week said they want to permanently extend a ban on offshore oil and gas drilling from Maine to North Carolina.

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NJ officials warn of lamp oil poisonings

New Jersey officials have issued a health alert saying six people have been sickened by mistaking lamp oil for apple juice, including one person who died.

Bruce Ruck of the state Poison Information and Education System says the six drank small amounts of the oil, which resembles apple juice in color and is packaged in a similar container. Health officials haven’t identified the brand.

Ruck said Wednesday that the victims ranged in age from 18 months to 84 years. The 84-year-old died Monday.

Three of the survivors were hospitalized but have been released. Ruck said an 8-year-old suffered permanent lung damage from drinking the oil. A report by the Illinois poison control center identified 70 cases of torch oil poisonings nationwide during a two-year period ending in December.

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Breaking Oil News: G-8 to fight oil prices with efficiency, tech

AOMORI, Japan (AP) — The world’s top industrialized nations and leading oil consumers pledged Sunday to fight skyrocketing energy prices by increasing efficiency and accelerating investment in new technologies, while urging producers to expand production.

Energy ministers from the Group of Eight countries, joined by China, India and South Korea, voiced concerns over record oil prices and said both producers and consumers would benefit from greater market stability.

Ministers, meeting in the northern Japanese city of Aomori, focused Sunday on how they could diversify their energy sources to both control rising demand for oil and rein in emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

“We simply must increase the level and breadth of investment all around the world,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman. “That means promoting aggressive investment in renewable energy and other alternative energies technologies, as well as the development of tradition hydrocarbon resources.”

The 11 nations, which account for 65% of the world’s energy consumption, grappled with oil prices that have hit record highs. Prices made a massive 8% gain Friday to $138.54 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The G-8 countries — the United States, Russia, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Britain — laid out ways of cutting their dependence on oil in a statement.

They pledged to launch 20 demonstration projects by 2010 on so-called “carbon capture and storage,” which would allow power plants to catch emissions and inject them into underground storage spaces.

While that technology is still in its infancy, proponents say it could eventually allow the expanded exploitation of the world’s abundant supply of cheap coal without polluting the environment and speeding global warming.

There were clear rifts, however, on how to approach the expansion of nuclear energy. The carefully worded joint statement called for assurances on safety and security of nuclear materials, but several nations said they were enthusiastic about building new reactors.

The International Energy Agency, in a report issued last week, estimated the world would have to construct 32 new nuclear power plants each year from now until 2050 as part of an effort to cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.

“I think we’re on the verge of a new nuclear age and that will be a positive thing for the world,” said John Hutton, British secretary of state for business enterprise and regulatory reform.

Germany, however, said it would not join the effort. Jochen Homann, Germany’s economics minister, said Berlin was sticking to its decision to phase out nuclear power.

The G-8, China, India and South Korea also established the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation to promote best practices in conserving energy.

While the participants called for more oil production, it could take months to get a response. Production levels have been flat for three years and Chakib Khelil, the president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, has said the group will make no new decision on output until a Sept. 9 meeting in Vienna.

The ministers met amid rising concerns that soaring oil prices could trigger global economic troubles. Fanning such fears, both Japan and the United States have announced higher unemployment rates in recent weeks.

“The situation regarding energy prices is becoming extremely challenging,” warned Akira Amari, Japan’s trade and energy minister. “If left unaddressed, it may well cause a recession in the global economy.”

The Sunday meeting followed a joint statement by five top energy consumers — the U.S., Japan, China, India and South Korea — that warned high prices were a menace to the world economy and more petroleum should be produced to meet rising demand. They argued the unprecedented prices were against the interests of both producers and consumers, and imposed a “heavy burden” on developing countries.

The group, however, diverged over oil subsidies. The International Energy Agency has estimated that oil subsidies in China, India and the Middle East totaled about $55 billion in 2007.

The United States urged countries such as China to lower oil supports, which buoy demand, while poorer developing nations said removing subsidies could trigger political and economic unrest.


Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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What’s up with oil? (Besides the price …)! Oil Price Rise Effects?

If you’ve picked yourself up off the floor or parked the car for the day (maybe weekend), take time to read some other perspectives on the oil frenzy:

Oil smashes to record above $139 a barrel: Oil roared to a new record on Friday as hedge funds that had bet on a decline in crude prices were forced to exit their short positions. … The rally was also supported by comments from Israel’s transport minister suggesting an attack on Iran’s atomic facilities looked “unavoidable” given the failure of sanctions to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. …

Technical analysis for crude oil – 6/6/2008: I believe that on the short term prices will keep inclining due to the weakness of the dollar if it remains to depreciate but on the longer run prices will have to start falling again due to global slowdown since demand is currently crippled or until economies pick up on growth.

Consumer anger as oil prices soar: Consumers are protesting around the world as oil prices continue rising, with US oil topping $139 a barrel after its biggest-ever one-day increase. The rises come after many goverments were forced to cut fuel subsidies and follow a report on Friday by Morgan Stanley, the US financial services firm, that crude could hit $150 a barrel by July 4. …

U.S. has few options as oil nations tighten grip: Resource nationalism in oil producing countries is cordoning off valuable supplies and the United States has precious few options to battle the trend amid a looming supply crunch. …

Act now to prick the oil price bubble: Bubbles come to an end eventually but there is no guarantee that this will happen soon. The global economy is likely to be forced into a serious crisis if we do not explore the possibility that this is a bubble that needs to be burst quickly. The market can then resume its trend, depending on whatever the fundamentals dictate. …

Why oil prices will tank: High-flying tech stocks crashed. The roaring housing market crumbled. And oil, rest assured, will follow the same path down. …

The oil shock of 2008: Time to reassess the potential for recent oil price increases to contribute to an economic downturn. …

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