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Uninsured Home Heating Oil Spills

Ryan Kath at NBC 10 Boston aired a 4-part series on residential heating oil spills, featuring Susan Crane’s experiences with uninsured homeowners’ spills. The series also addresses a pending Massachusetts bill sponsored by Sen. Anne M. Gobi, S. 594, on which Susan Crane testified in support. The bill would require all Massachusetts insurers to make home heating oil cleanup cost coverage automatic in every homeowner policy.

Feb. 4, 2019Costly Heating Oil Spill Nightmares Leave Homeowners Devastated
Cleanups ranging from $20k to $300k are usually not covered by insurance.

March 19, 2019 — Costly Heating Oil Spill Cleanups Devastate Homeowners
Proposed law would require insurance coverage for expensive cleanups.

July 22, 2019 — “I’m So Grateful!” State Will Pay for Homeowner’s Heating Oil Spill Cleanup
After NBC10 Boston investigation highlighted Blackstone woman’s frustrating ordeal, DEP agrees to pick up the tab.

October 22, 2019 — Should Insurance Protect Homeowners From Financially Devastating Heating Oil Spills?
State records show there are an average of 118 heating oil spills per year across Massachusetts, but only about 5 percent of home insurance policies cover them.

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