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Maryland State Government Maryland Department of the Environment

The Oil Control Program

The Oil Control Program within the Land Management Administration of the Maryland Department of the Environment regulates all oil-related activities, such as aboveground and underground oil storage facilities, oil-contaminated soil treatment facilities, and oil transportation. The Program oversees the installation, maintenance, operation and removal of oil storage tanks. The Program maintains a strong field presence. Inspectors investigate complaints of illegal dumping and the improper handling of oil as well as non-compliance with State and federal regulations.

Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)

The Oil Control Program has highly trained staff to help companies and individuals ensure that their USTs are in compliance with State and federal regulations. All regulated USTs within Maryland are required to be registered through the Underground Storage Tank Notification Program. All USTs storing motor fuels (e.g., gasoline, diesel) must meet specific technical standards (corrosion protection, spill/overfill prevention, leak detection and financial responsibility) or be removed from the ground. For additional information, please visit our Underground Storage Tanks page.

Leaking USTs (LUSTs)

Should a tank leak, the Oil Control Program oversees the cleanup. Approximately 1,000 responsible party cleanup activities are occurring around the State. The objective is to assure the protection of Maryland citizens and our environment. A search tool is available to assist you in searching for open subsurface cases in Maryland and closed cases in Maryland.  

Abovegound Storage Tanks (ASTs)

The Oil Control Program issues oil operations permits to facilities that store virgin oil, including gasoline, in ASTs with 10,000 gallons or more capacity or that store used oil in ASTs with 1,000 gallons or more capacity. Our staff is available to assist in reviewing plans and is available to interpret State and federal regulations regarding ASTs. For additional information on ASTs, please visit our Aboveground Storage Tanks page. For information on oil operations permits, please visit the Land Permits page.

UST Loan Program

A program managed through the Water Quality Financing Administration (WQFA), known as Linked Deposit may provide owners of underground oil storage tanks a way to replace those tanks. Click here for more information or contact Larry Love at (410) 537-3110 or the Maryland WQFA at (410) 537-3119.  

Residential Heating Oil Tank Site Cleanup Reimbursement Program

The Oil Contaminated Site Environmental Cleanup Fund was established by law to fund the Residential Heating Oil Tank Site Cleanup Reimbursement Program.  The purpose of the program is to reimburse heating oil storage tank owners for eligible spill cleanup costs.  Eligibility includes residential aboveground or underground heating oil tanks.

Contact:  LMA Technical Services and Operations Program

              (410) 537-3400; (800) 633-6101 x3400

UST Removal, Installation and Inspection Certification Program

Individuals who remove, install, inspect, repair or upgrade UST systems are required to be certified by the department to ensure all applicable regulations are met and proper and safe techniques are followed.  After passing an exam, a certification card is issued.  For information on UST Course schedules, please visit our UST Certification Programs page.

Upcoming Oil Control Program Public Meetings and Hearings

None at this time


For Further Information

Oil Control Program

(410) 537-3442; (800) 633-6101 x3442

To Report Oil Spills Call (Available 24 hours a day)