Silvertip Crude Oil Pipeline

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Silvertip Crude Oil Pipeline is an operating oil pipeline in the United States.[1]


The pipeline runs from the Elk Basin, Wyoming, to Billings, Montana, crossing under the Yellowstone River.

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Project details

  • Operator:
  • Owner: Par Pacific Holdings Inc[2]
    • Originally ExxonMobil
  • Parent Company: Par Pacific Holdings Inc[2]
  • Capacity: 40,000 bpd
  • Length: 69 mil
  • Status: Operating
  • Start year:


The Silvertip Pipeline is a 12-inch pipeline approximately 69 miles in length that runs from the Elk Basin, Wyoming, to Billings, Montana. Receipt points include Cenex Front Range Pipeline, Glacier Crude Oil Pipeline, Marathon Pipeline, and the Express Oil Pipeline System at Edgar Station, Montana. Deliveries are to Cenex at Laurel in Montana, and ExxonMobil Billings Refinery in Montana.[1]

In October 2022, ExxonMobil sold the pipeline and refinery in Montana to Par Pacific Holdings Inc for US$310 million.[2]


In 2011, over 1,500 barrels of oil leaked from the pipeline during a flood.[1] After the spill, Exxon admitted the Silver Tip pipeline was also used to move oil sands crude to Billings, since the placement of a new tank farm in 2006.[3]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Silvertip Crude Oil Pipeline, A Barrel Full, accessed September 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Exxon Selling Yellowstone Pipeline Rights, Silvertip Crude Oil Pipeline for $310 Million". Retrieved 2023-04-05.
  3. Anthony Swift, "Tar sands implicated in Yellowstone River pipeline spill," NRDC, July 15, 2011

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