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Petroleum Product and Allied Product Storage and Handling

Petroleum products continue to pose a risk of contamination to groundwater and soil. Contamination can occur from large spills or from small leaks and spills over a long period. The effects can be experienced through drinking water contamination, other public health issues, public safety concerns, and reduced real estate values.

To increase protection of the environment, the Manitoba government replaced the former legislation regulating the storage and handling of petroleum and associated products on December 17, 2001. The Regulation is entitled the Storage and Handling of Petroleum Products and Allied Products Regulation (MR188/2001).

Petroleum and allied product storage facilities are issued operating permits in accordance with the Regulation. A listing of current valid operating permits can be found here:

Announcements
Amendment to the Storage and handling of Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulation

An amendment to the Storage and Handling of Petroleum Products and Allied Products Regulation, MR 188/2001 (the Regulation) became effective August 17, 2018.

The regulatory amendment removes outdated fuel quality standards by repealing Part 3 of the Regulation.  Please see the news release at: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=44661&posted=2018-10-01

Resources

Delivery of the Petroleum Product and Allied Product Storage and Handling is based on the Storage and Handling of Petroleum Products and Allied Products Regulation M.R 188/2001 (the Regulation). The Regulation adopts the 2003 CCME Environmental Code of Practice for Aboveground and Underground Storage Tank Systems Containing Petroleum Allied Petroleum Products (the Code of Practice).

For a copy of the Regulation, click here.

For a copy of the Code of Practice, redacted with permission by CCME, click here.

Technical Bulletins

Section 4.1 of the Regulation allows the Director to issue technical bulletins to "provide guidance on the application and interpretation of the technical or design requirements specified in this regulation or the Code of Practice". All current and approved technical bulletins can be found here.

Technical Bulletin PSF-001 - Spill Containment and Runoff Collection at Product Transfer Areas for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products for Aboveground Storage Tank Systems 5000 Litres or Larger

Technical Bulletin PSF-002 - Monitoring and Leak Detection of Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products for Aboveground Storage Tank Systems 5000 Litres or Larger and Underground Storage Tank Systems

Technical Bulletin PSF-003 - Regulatory Requirements for Aboveground Storage Tanks and Storage Systems less than 5000 Litres For Petroleum Products and Allied Products

Technical Bulletin PSF-004 - Impact Protection Requirements for Aboveground Storage Tanks Systems

Technical Bulletin PSF-005 - Inspection and Maintenance Requirements of Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products for Aboveground Storage Tanks Systems 5000 Liters or Larger and Underground Storage Tank Systems

Guidelines

Guidelines are documents that set out how the Department applies laws and regulations under their jurisdiction. The main purpose of Guidelines is to provide clarity in decision-making and fill in details sometimes missing from the strict nature of legal language in laws or regulations. Guidelines that are referenced in a permit or licence can be enforceable. All current and approved guidelines can be found below.

Applications

Under the Regulation, permits are required to be obtained to construct, alter or remove a petroleum storage tank system; to operate a petroleum storage facility; to transfer an operating permit; and to renew a permit to operate.

Licence are also required to be obtained, under the Regulation, for an individual who wishes to construct, alter, remove and/or test a petroleum storage tank system.

All Applications required to obtain a permit or a license can be found here:

Operating Permit Holders

Operating permits are issued to owners of petroleum storage facilities which are in compliance with the Storage and Handing of Petroleum Product and Allied Product Regulation M.R. 188/2001. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to maintain compliance with the permit they have been issued. Failure to comply with all requirements of the operating permit may result in your permit being suspended or cancelled, and may warrant additional enforcement under the Dangerous Good Handling and Transportation Act.

The following documents will assist in determining the requirements for your specific facility.

Technical Bulletin PSF-002 was written to clarify the information provided in Part 6 of the CCME Code of Practice. Using the tables in this technical bulletin, you can determine the type of in-service monitoring required for your storage tank system, and what periodic leak detection tests (if any) are required. A copy of the technical bulletin would have been issued with your Permit to Operate, and a copy can be found here as well:

Use the Table of contents at the beginning of PSF-002 to determine the type of system you have (e.g. aboveground or underground tank, aboveground or underground piping, single walled or double walled, etc).

Go to the appropriate page.

Look at the "in-service monitoring "column. Verify that you are conducting one of the choices listed.(A table of abbreviations can be found on Page 1.)

Look at the "periodic Leak detection" column to see if there is a requirement. The requirement for periodic leak detection is dependent on what you are doing for in-service monitoring and the type of tank you have.

Technical Bulletin PSF-002 - Monitoring and Leak Detection of Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products for Aboveground Storage Tank Systems 5000 Litres or Larger and Underground Storage Tank Systems

Inspecting and performance testing of your tank system is required by a qualified licensed petroleum technician on an annual basis. Should your tank system contain any of the items listed below, that item must be inspected and/or performance tested in accordance with manufacturer's instructions by a licensed petroleum technician.

Technical Bulletin PSF-005 - Inspection and Maintenance Requirements of Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products for Aboveground Storage Tanks Systems 5000 Liters or Larger and Underground Storage Tank Systems

  • automatic tank gauges and monitoring systems
  • high-technology sensors
  • electronic or mechanical leak detection equipment
  • corrosion protection equipment
  • pressurized piping emergency valves
  • emergency shut-down devices
  • containment sumps including dispenser, turbine and transition containment devices
  • overfill protection devices
In-Service Monitoring and Leak Detection Method Terms
Licensed Petroleum Technician Information

Licensed Petroleum Technician Resources Information

Petroleum technicians are licensed to work on various aspects of construction and alteration of storage tank systems under Part 10 of the Storage and Handling of Petroleum Products and Allied Products Regulation M.R 188/2001 (the Regulation). The Regulation adopts the 2003 CCME Environmental Code of Practice for Aboveground and Underground Storage Tank Systems Containing Petroleum Allied Petroleum Products (the Code of Practice).

For a copy of the Regulation, click here.

For a copy of the Code of Practice, redacted with permission by CCME, click here.

Announcements

Removal of Storage Tank Systems

Licensed Petroleum Technicians are required to apply for a Permit to Remove by submitting an Application for Permit to Remove to the appropriate Regional Office of Manitoba Sustainable Development.

A listing of areas covered by each Regional Office can be found here.

Important documents:

Certificate for Cathodic Protection Testing of Petroleum Storage Tank Systems in Manitoba

On December 30, 2014 a letter from the Director was sent to all licensed petroleum technicians informing them of the Departments decision on cathodic protection testing technician certification requirements. You can review the letter here.

Current Licensed Petroleum Technicians
Becoming Licensed as a Petroleum Technician

In Manitoba, only a licensed petroleum technician may perform any construction or alteration work relating to a storage tank system,as per Section 20 of the Regulation. An individual wishing to become a licensed petroleum technician (LPT) may apply to the Director as per Part 10 of the Regulation.

New Applicants

New applicants are individuals who have not previously been licensed in Manitoba to work on petroleum storage tank systems. The requirements are the same for resident and non-resident applicants.

A new applicant must complete and submit:

Renewing Applicants

All petroleum technician licenses expire two years from the date the licence was issued, as per Section 56 of the Regulation. It is the responsibility of the licence holder to apply, on time, to renew their licence. The requirements are the same for resident and non-resident applicants.

Renewing applicants must complete and submit:

Change of Employer

It is the responsibility of the licensed petroleum technician to notify the Director when they have changed employers. The LPT can do so by completing and submitting the Application for Petroleum Technician Licence

Technical Bulletins

Section 4.1 of the Regulation allows the Director to issue technical bulletins to "provide guidance on the application and interpretation of the technical or design requirements specified in this regulation or the Code of Practice". All current and approved technical bulletins can be found here.

Technical Bulletin PSF-001 - Spill Containment and Runoff Collection at Product Transfer Areas for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products for Aboveground Storage Tank Systems 5000 Litres or Larger

Technical Bulletin PSF-002 - Monitoring and Leak Detection of Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products for Aboveground Storage Tank Systems 5000 Litres or Larger and Underground Storage Tank Systems

Technical Bulletin PSF-004 - Impact Protection Requirements for Aboveground Storage Tanks Systems

Technical Bulletin PSF-005 - Inspection and Maintenance Requirements of Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products for Aboveground Storage Tanks Systems 5000 Liters or Larger and Underground Storage Tank Systems

Guidelines

Guidelines are documents that set out how the Department applies laws and regulations under their jurisdiction. The purpose of a Guideline is to provide clarity in decision-making and fill in details sometimes missing from the strict nature of legal language in laws or regulations. Guidelines that are referenced in a permit or licence are enforceable. All current and approved guidelines can be found here.

Guideline Title

FAQ

FAQ's

How do I apply for a renewal of my Petroleum Storage Operating Permit?

  • An operating permit renewal application must be completed, signed, and submitted to the Petroleum Storage Program.
    • Permit renewal application forms have been mailed out to all operators.
    • Access the Permit Renewal Form online on the Operating Permit Renewal tab
    • You may also request another copy of the application to be sent by mail.

What happens if I don’t receive a permit by December 31, 2015?

  • Applications submitted between January 1, 2015 and October 1, 2015 are currently being processed. Permits are being sent out as they are completed, and will be valid from January 1, 2016 through 2020.
  • If you applied during this period and have not yet received a permit, you can click here for the online listing of valid permits which is updated at the beginning of each month.
  • If you still have questions, please send an email inquiry to petroleumstorageprog@gov.mb.ca with your permit number(s) and we will follow up with an update.

LICENSED PETROLEUM TECHNICIAN QUESTIONS

Where can I find a Licensed Petroleum Tecnician (LPT) to complete my required inspections?

  • For online listings of Licensed Petroleum Technicians in Manitoba go to Licensed Petroleum Technician Resources.

How do I become a Licensed Petroleum Tecnician (LPT)?

  • In Manitoba, only a LPT may perform any construction or alteration work relating to a storage tank system. These LPTSs have their petroleum mechanic certification from a recognized institute, such as CPCA or TSSA.
  • Online information on applying to become an LPT, for renewing licenses (renewals are required every two years), and for LPTs that are changing employers can be found under Licensed Petroleum Technician Resources.

QUESTIONS ABOUT SPECIFIC STORAGE TANK TYPES

How do I find out if my specific type of tank requires an API inspection?

I have a vertical storage tank and Technical Bulletin PSF-002 (PSF-002) says I need an API inspection - what does that mean?

I have an aboveground tank that holds less than 5000 litres - do I need an inspection and do I need a permit?

  • Aboveground tanks less than 5000 L are subject to partial application of the provincial Regulation.
  • The most notable exemptions for tanks less than 5000 L are:
    • There is no requirement to have a licensed petroleum technician (LPT) install, alter or remove these tanks, and
    • there is no requirement to have an operating permit for the tanks.
  • Technical Bulletin PSF-003 outlines the regulatory requirements for aboveground tanks holding less than 5000 L. All tanks greater than 230 L must comply with the technical requirements of the CCME Code of Practice (see section 3 regarding aboveground tanks). They must be ULC certified. They must have secondary containment and they must have impact protection.

I have an aboveground tank that holds more than 5000 litres - do I need an inspection and do I need a permit?

  • If the tank is 5000 L or greater, an LPT will be required to conduct the installation. The LPT will obtain necessary permits and submit work completion documents to the Department at the end of construction.
  • The operator will be required to submit an application to operate and may receive a Permit to Operate.
  • All tanks greater than 230 L must comply with the technical requirements of the CCME Code of Practice (see section 3 regarding aboveground tanks). They must be ULC certified. They must have secondary containment and they must have impact protection.

What do I have to use as impact protection?

You can email us at o:petstor@gov.mb.ca, or call the Petroleum Storage Program Specialist at 204-470-8315.

Contact

Contact Information

Petroleum Storage Program
1007 Century St
Winnipeg MB R3H 0W4
Ph: (204)470-8315
Fax: (204)945-5229
Email: petstor@gov.mb.ca

Regional Environment Officers
Contact information for environment officers can be found here.

To Report a Spill
24-hour reporting line: (204) 944-4888
24-hour toll free reporting line: 1-855-944-4888

Additional information on reporting environmental spills and accidents click here.