Basin Oil Pipeline

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Basin Oil Pipeline is an oil pipeline in the United States.[1]


The pipeline originates in Wink, Texas, and terminates in Cushing, Oklahoma.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Plains All American Pipeline (87%)[1][2]
  • Current capacity: 240,000 to 450,000 barrels per day, depending on the segment[2]
  • Length: 530 miles (853 kilometers)[2]
  • Status: Operating


The Basin Oil Pipeline transports crude oil from the Permian Basin in west Texas and southern New Mexico to Cushing, Oklahoma.[2] It also provides initial transportation of Permian Basin crude oil to the Gulf Coast via connections to other pipelines at Colorado City, Texas and Wichita Falls, Texas.[2]

In January 2011, Plains All American Pipeline announced a project to expand the Basin Pipeline system capacity in the segment from Colorado City, Texas to Cushing, Oklahoma from its then-current capacity of 400,000 barrels per day to 450,000 barrels per day.[3]

In 2015, Plains All American Pipeline placed into service a 24-inch pipeline loop of Basin Oil Pipeline from Wink to Midland.[2]


In January 2016, PHMSA issued a Notice of Probable Violation and Proposed Civil Penalty after the Mesa to Basin Pipeline spilled approximately 500 barrels of crude oil on 1 January 2015. In March 2017, PHMSA issued a final order regarding the spill, concluding that Plains All American Pipeline failed to carry out its written damage prevention program and imposing a civil penalty of $184,300, which Plains All American Pipeline subsequently paid.[4]

In April 2017, Plains All American Pipeline spilled 19,000 gallons of oil northwest of Oklahoma City from an unspecified pipeline.[5]


In 2014, the pipeline drew scrutiny when Plains All American Pipeline replaced a section of the pipeline running under Thunderbird Lake -- the drinking water source for Norman, Oklahoma -- for "maintenance purposes," which environmental advocate Casey Holcomb characterized as "extremely disturbing."[6]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Basin Oil Pipeline, A Barrel Full, accessed September 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 10-K, Plains All American Pipeline, 25 Feb. 2016
  3. PAA To Expand Capacity of Basin Pipeline System, Plains All American Pipeline, 25 Jan. 2011
  4. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-Q, Plains All American Pipeline, 30 Jun. 2017
  5. Plains All American Pipeline Continues Cleanup of 19,000-Gallon Oil Spill, Pipeline Town Hall, 24 Jun. 2017
  6. [ Oil pipeline sparks concern over Norman drinking water, Oklahoma Channel 4 News, 28 Nov. 2014

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