State to fund to oil tanks for Patten homes

Posted Nov. 24, 2010, at 6:58 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:49 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Rusty and unstable heating oil tanks are being replaced in 30 homes in a northern Maine town to protect local drinking water.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says it’s replacing the substandard oil tanks in downtown Patten homes with new tanks made of thick polyethylene plastic and surrounded by a sheet metal jacket.

That project, plus removal of underground gasoline storage tanks and contaminated soil at the former Patten General Store, are being done to prevent Patten’s drinking water well from becoming contaminated.

It’s being paid for through a grant from the state’s Ground Water Cleanup Fund.