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Tanking Up at the Chelsea YMCA

CommTank of Wakefield, MA teams up with Citizens Energy to recycle and redistribute heating oil to non-profits in need.

Wakefield, MA, January 01, 2008 --( Winter has barely begun, but Massachusetts's non-profits are already experiencing the crushing impact of sky-high heating oil prices. Yet even a small family owned company can make a difference, as CommTank recently demonstrated, hoisting the line to pump 1200 gallons of recycled oil at the Chelsea Y, highlighting the need for businesses to band together with the community to help alleviate the impact of the soaring cost of heating oil.

One good turn deserves another at CommTank, based in Wakefield, MA, which has removed and installed thousands of oil and fuel storage tanks throughout the Boston metro area. Citizens Energy, known for providing discount heating oil to the poor and elderly, had a problem. They would often receive calls from residents switching from oil to gas heat who wanted to donate the remainder of their unused oil to Citizens Energy. Easier said than done until CommTank came to the rescue about six years and tens of thousands of gallons of oil ago.

Kevin Hoag, President of CommTank, notes, "Few companies have the proper licensing and the facilities necessary to carry out the multi-step operation of recycling fuel oil. We do have that capability and are pleased to aid Citizens Energy in their mission."

Citizens Energy contacts CommTank when they receive a call from a resident wishing to donate their unused heating oil from a tank that they are going to remove. CommTank then removes the unwanted oil tank (at a reduced rate for the home or business owner) and the donated unused oil. The collection, clean-up and filtering of the oil is then done at cost by CommTank, which also stores the oil and redistributes it by delivering the recycled oil directly to non-profit organizations in need.

Non-profit organizations that have benefited from this effort include the Pine Street Inn, the YMCA in Malden, MA, the Chelsea YMCA and Somerville High School to name a few.

For more information about donating the oil from an unused oil tank, please contact CommTank or Citizens Energy.

About Citizens Energy
Created in response to the oil crisis of the late 1970¹s, the Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program has delivered millions of gallons of discount home heating oil to poor and elderly households in Massachusetts and the Northeast since 1979. This unique program helps protect needy families from volatile heating oil prices, which often leave households having to choose between heating the home and paying for other life essentials, such as food, health care, or clothing.

About CommTank
CommTank, founded in 1994 and located at 84 New Salem Street in Wakefield, MA, specializes in the removal and installation of above and underground storage tanks and site remediation, i.e. emergency spill response, site assessment, laboratory analysis, excavation, and site closure. CommTank's services are available Monday through Saturday, with emergency service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. CommTank's service area includes most areas of Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire, and Maine. For further information please visit, or call 1-877-66 TANKS or 1-800-628-8260.

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Kevin Hoag

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