Faculty Advisor

Belz, Melissa

Faculty Advisor

Dehner, Corey

Project Center

Worcester Community Project Center


After a 2012 oil spill in Marlborough, MA State Senator James Eldridge took on the task of ensuring compensation not only for the cleanup of abutting properties, but for restoration fees accrued. This project examines limitations in MA General Law 21J and 21E, analyzes cases of oil spills, and compares various underground storage tank (UST) polices throughout the United States. From the data collected, we present a series of findings and comprehensive recommendations for a new MA UST policy. These recommendations not only cover the need for specified funding for abutting properties, but how funding should be distributed, and the necessity of proactive communication about the spill with third parties. We believe these recommendations create a robust UST policy that serves Massachusetts.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs