All the Way to Hell: An Artist's Legal Descent into the Underworld of Oil and Gas

Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal

PUBLISHED ON: March 3, 2023

In the summer of 2020, artist and environmentalist Eliza Evans contacted a senior partner at a law firm in Oklahoma to seek legal advice regarding her next art project.  Upon hearing the objective of her proposed piece, the partner -- an oil and gas specialist -- burst out laughing and remarked, "this is so ridiculous that it might work, but I can't help you."  It was then that Evans knew she was on the right track with her next artistic venture.  The attorney's reaction did not surprise nor offend Evans; she initially devised the project as a ploy for her own amusement, without knowing its full legal implications or the hell it would raise.

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