Why were historic State Capital tanks removed?

Oklahoma State Capitol Building | Complete with oil derrick … | Flickr


Our story this week about the removal of oil storage tanks that had been in place for 79 years at the Oklahoma State Capital prompted a question from some readers.

They wanted to know why the 3 tanks were removed, courtesy of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board with the assistance of Phillips 66 Company.

The question was put to a spokeswoman for OERB.

The response?

“It was not an active site, just an artifact/showpiece. They did need to be repainted so, yes, mostly cosmetic.”