Cameron: 'Oil Chiefs Refused My Help'

Moviemaker JAMES CAMERON has been left disappointed after BP oil chiefs turned down his offer to help stop the massive slick which is threatening the Gulf Coast.
Oil has been spewing into the Gulf of Mexico since a BP rig collapsed in April (10) - sparking one of the worst environmental disasters in America's history.
The Titanic director, a deep-sea diving pioneer who has worked extensively with robot submarines, met with experts at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday (01Jun10) to "brainstorm" solutions to stem the leak.
Speaking at the All Things Digital technology conference, he explains, "There's a story that the government went to Hollywood for help. But that's not the case. I've just been interested and really involved in subs and wrecks for a long time. So over the last few weeks, I've been watching what's happening and saying, 'Those morons don't know what they're doing.' And then I realised I know a lot of people who work in deep submergence. They don't do oil, but they know the engineering. So I got 23 people together for a brainstorming session at EPA headquarters."
But Cameron has now revealed his offer of help was "graciously" turned down by bosses at British oil giant BP.
He says, "They could not have been more gracious. But they said, 'We've got this'. Here's the thing, we sat in a room for 10 hours and worked this problem. It's a very complex problem, and it starts 18,000 feet down. Steel fails like it's made out of butter. So you find out there are things that prevent them from doing obvious fixes. But there are things that can be done."
And Cameron has urged the U.S. government to do more to monitor the situation, adding, "The government really needs to have its own independent ability to go down there and image the site, survey the site and do its own investigation. Because if you're not monitoring it independently, you're asking the perpetrator to give you the video of the crime scene."


Contactmusic

Tags: James Cameron


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Why ‘The House of Magic’ Is The Movie To Go See This Weekend

If you’re looking for a cinematic treat for all the family this weekend, then...

Why ‘The House of Magic’ Is The Movie To Go See This Weekend

Here Comes Guardians of The Galaxy, A Huge Weekend in Store?

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ hits cinemas next weekend with Marvel...

Here Comes Guardians of The Galaxy, A Huge Weekend in Store?

Bastille - Flaws [Live]

Bastille perform their 2012 single 'Flaws' live at The Troubadour in London to an enthusiastic crowd. The...

Bastille - Flaws [Live] Video

Colbie Caillat - Try Single Review

Colbie Caillat isn't known for producing 'trendy' pop songs of any kind, but she certainly always maintains...

Colbie Caillat - Try Single Review

'The Purge: Anarchy' Launches Another Grisly Franchise

Last year's sleeper hit The Purge was an unusually intelligent thriller starring Ethan Hawke as...

'The Purge: Anarchy' Launches Another Grisly Franchise

Nightcrawler Trailer

Lou Bloom is a hard-working budding journalist whose deep obsession with his career has rendered him...

Nightcrawler Trailer
Advertisement

'Joe' Is A Reminder That Nicolas Cage is a Great Actor

There are all kinds of theories about Nicolas Cage's acting style, usually centred on whether...

'Joe' Is A Reminder That Nicolas Cage is a Great Actor

Blunt, Mirren or Winslet? Who Will Win Best Actress Oscar 2015?

The biggest night in the film award circuit is still seven months away. But...

Blunt, Mirren or Winslet? Who Will Win Best Actress Oscar 2015?

Legendary Rocker Tom Petty Returns With New Album 'Hypnotic Eyes'

American rock legend Tom Petty reunites with backing band The Heartbreakers...

Legendary Rocker Tom Petty Returns With New Album 'Hypnotic Eyes'


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

James Cameron Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on James Cameron

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All