Curran urges caution with oil tanks

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Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Sinn Féin councillor Brendan Curran has urged caution when people are low on oil.

Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Curran said, “Families on low income and experiencing extreme hardship are being cautioned not to tip over their oil tanks. I have recently been contacted by tenants when, as a result of higher fuel prices and severe cold weather, they have resorted to tipping their oil tank on its side in the hope of getting maximum use out of the remaining oil. “However in most cases this can result in costing much more, as sludge which is usually located at the bottom of the oil tank, is then forced into the oil pump. This causes the oil pump to clog up and break. He added, “These pumps can cost over £100 to replace. It therefore works out much more costly for the tenants if they choose to tip their oil tank on its side.”
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