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our operations it ends where it begins for wells

1 min read | april 20, 2023

Chevron employee Victoria Eliason is responsible for helping retire wells in Colorado.

Victoria Eliason’s passion for the environment is palpable.

As a U.S.-based asset retirement obligation team lead for Chevron, Eliason is tasked with returning the environment to its natural form after a well has reached the end of its life cycle.

“I really think we should respect the Earth and take care of it,” Eliason said. “Just like everybody else, I care about the world, and I want to make it better.”

the life cycle of a well

Chevron plans for the full life cycle of our wells, retiring them with the same emphasis on safety and the environment as when they were operational.

It’s up to Eliason and her team—as well as several other teams within Chevron—to properly restore the land surrounding decommissioned wells. By the time they’re through removing equipment and restoring the landscape, the land is prepared for its next chapter.

the bigger picture

We’ve spent the past several years retiring thousands of wells in Northern Colorado. We removed the infrastructure associated with those wells before relandscaping.

Sometimes the land doesn’t return to its original form because the owners choose to repurpose the area. Some sites are turned into dog parks or community parks.

“It’s rewarding work,” Eliason said. “I really feel connected to this planet and want to help look after it.”

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